Every practicing RN or LVN nurse in the state of Texas is required to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the government. These laws and statutes were implemented to insure that the safety of the patients is protected by the state. The nursing profession is not an easy journey.
An LVN or RN nurse who commits any violation can place his nursing license in jeopardy. The Texas Board of Nursing has the authority to revoke or suspend any nurse’s license in the country for as long as there is a justifiable reason.
In the case of Angelina, she produced specimens for drug screens that were positive for alcohol. The use of alcohol by a licensed vocational nurse, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize the subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the patient’s condition. At the same time, the said act of the LVN nurse could impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate and appropriate judgments or assessments. In totality, it could affect the patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
The Texas Occupation Code, specifically Section 301.452(b) provides that one of the grounds of disciplinary action is the “intemperate use of alcohol or drugs that the board determines endangers or could endanger a patient.”
Angeline was able to find a nursing defense lawyer to handle her case. They worked hard to present necessary documents and testimonial evidence to prove that she is not unfit to continue performing her LVN nurse functions and duties. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) eventually found the LVN nurse guilty. She was only sanctioned to a remedial education with a fine.
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