Every person who wants to become a professional nurse holding a license needs to go through several processes. First of all, there is a need to complete tertiary education in a nursing school. After graduation, the next step is to take the nursing board examination. The goal is to pass the said exam in order to become part of the professional nurses holding a license. All these only show that the process is not really easy. Hence, every nurse must take care of her license. One wrong move can result in the suspension or revocation of the said license. The administrative body or agency that has the authority to hear cases regarding the nursing profession is the Texas Board of Nursing. The one who will help you defend your case is a nurse attorney.
On or about September 16, 2015, while employed in a rehabilitation center in Houston, the RN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she exhibited impaired behavior while on duty. The impaired behavior observed on the RN include drowsiness, slurred speech, inability to sit up in a chair, and stumbling.
The RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions. Additionally, her condition could have affected her ability to make appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
Additionally, the RN may have engaged in the use of a drug and was resulted positive for a drug-testing.
The LVN’s conduct was likely to deceive the facility, who relied on the results of the for-cause drug screen to verify her ability to practice safely and could have affected their decision to continue her employment.
As a defense to the case filed against her, the RN states on the said date, she was ill and could hardly keep her head up. She further states that she put her head down and then was told she needed to undergo a drug screen because she appeared to be under the influence. She also states she told the facility she would have narcotics in her bloodstream because she had been in the hospital for pneumonia, but was told she would be terminated immediately if anything was found, no matter the reason. She also adds that the specimen was positive and she was told to leave.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN sufficient time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on her part to find the right nurse attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the nurse attorney led to the suspension of the defendant’s license.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579