It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing charges related to drug use. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
This is what happened to a certain RN in Austin, Texas on March 2012. During the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed in a medical center in Austin and had been in the position for more than a year.
The first incident happened when the RN engaged in the intemperate use of a drug called Demerol. Possession of this drug is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health & Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of Demerol by a RN while on duty could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize symptoms or changes in the patient’s condition, and could impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
The second incident happened when the RN misappropriated the drug Demerol belonging to the facility. The RN admitted to the misappropriation and the facility turned the case over to the Austin Police. On March 15, 2012, the RN was arrested for the offense of Fraud to Obtain a Controlled Substance which is a second degree felony.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when the drug screening results were brought up to her. Therefore, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.