The administrative body in the state of Texas that has authority to hear and decide cases arising from the practice of nursing is the Texas Board of Nursing. This government agency provides certain rules and regulations that will govern the acts and omissions of every LVN or RN nurse in the country. If you are a practicing RN nurse in Texas, it is important that you comply with all the statutes or laws. Otherwise, you will be subjected to a complaint or case before the Texas Board of Nursing.
As an RN nurse, it is necessary that you avoid committing any violation while you are engaged in the practice of professional nursing. In case that there is a violation, a complaint may be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing. This is exactly what happened in the case of Andrea who is a registered nurse in Houston, Texas.
There was an administrative charge filed against the RN nurse. It was stated that on or about November 15, 2013, the RN nurse was arrested by the Selma Police Department in Selma Texas. The reason for the arrest was: RESIST ARREST SEARCH OR TRANSPORT which is considered as a Class A misdemeanor offense. Aside from this, it was also stated that on or about April 2,2014, the RN nurse entered a plea Nolo Contendere to INTERFERRENCE WITH PUBLIC DUTIES, a misdemeanor offense committed on or about November 15, 2013.
The acts mentioned above constitute as a valid ground for the institution of a disciplinary action against the nurse. Because of this, a case was filed before the Texas Board of Nursing. The act of the RN nurse violated this law:
Sec. 301.452. Grounds for Disciplinary Action.
(a)In this section, intemperate use includes practicing nursing or being on duty or on call while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
(b) A person is subject to denial of a license or to disciplinary action under this subchapter for:
(1) a violation of this chapter, a rule or regulation not inconsistent with this chapter, or an order issued under this chapter;
(2) fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice professional nursing or vocational nursing;
(3) a conviction for, or placement on deferred adjudication community supervision or deferred disposition for, a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(4) conduct that results in the revocation of probation imposed because of conviction for a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(5) use of a nursing license, diploma, or permit, or the transcript of such a document, that has been fraudulently purchased, issued, counterfeited, or materially altered;
(6) impersonating or acting as a proxy for another person in the licensing examination required under Section 301.253 or 301.255;
(7) directly or indirectly aiding or abetting an unlicensed person in connection with the unauthorized practice of nursing;
(8) revocation, suspension, or denial of, or any other action relating to, the person’s license or privilege to practice nursing in another jurisdiction or under federal law;
(9) intemperate use of alcohol or drugs that the board determines endangers or could endanger a patient;
(10) unprofessional conduct in the practice of nursing that is likely to deceive, defraud, or injure a patient or the public;
(11) adjudication of mental incompetency;
(12) lack of fitness to practice because of a mental or physical health condition that could result in injury to a patient or the public; or
(13) failure to care adequately for a patient or to conform to the minimum standards of acceptable nursing practice in a manner that, in the board’s opinion, exposes a patient or other person unnecessarily to risk of harm.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense lawyer in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your response letter or the disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.