Drug use while at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, an LVN from Houston failed to do this. This results in disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Always keep in mind that the Texas Board of Nursing handles all of the cases that may affect the license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with the right nurse attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the nurse’s favor, especially if the RN or LVN has a good defense against the case.
On or about November 20, 2017, the LVN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she exhibited signs of impaired behavior, including slurred speech, inability to follow commands, appearing lost, and an inability to focus. Her condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
On or about November 21, 2017the LVN engaged in the intemperate and unlawful use of Temazepam and Oxazepam in that she produced a specimen for a reasonable suspicion drug screen that resulted positive for Temazepam and Oxazepam. Unlawful possession of Temazepam and Oxazepam is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of Temazepam and Oxazepam by a Nurse, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the patient’s condition, and could impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgements, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing patient in potential danger.
The Texas Board of Nursing then advised her to attend a hearing regarding her issue. However, she was not able to provide a good nurse attorney to defend her side of the story.
Therefore, the Board decided to discipline the LVN.
If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.