A nurse can face a lot of accusations, allegation cases, or complaints cases and they will face the Texas Board of Nursing to formally follow procedures. But if a nurse is experiencing such circumstances, a nurse attorney can be their defense and can assist them in dealing with the cases they are facing.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a home health services provider in Arlington, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) years.
On or about June 5, 2019, while employed as an RN with a home health services provider in Arlington, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
1. RN misappropriated Fentanyl belonging to a patient in that the medication was found in her car and she admitted to the patient’s wife she had taken the medication. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.
2. RN engaged in the intemperate and unlawful use of amphetamines and opiates in that she produced a specimen for a drug screen that resulted positive for opiates and amphetamines. Unlawful possession of amphetamines and opiates is prohibited by Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health & Safety Code. The use of amphetamines and opiates by a Nurse, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in a 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 a patient in potential danger.
In response, the RN states she hurt her back and tried to stay home but was told there was no one to cover for her. RN states she made a poor decision and used an old Fentanyl patch from a patient, which turned into a dependence. RN states she continued to use old patches taken from patients. RN states she went through rehabilitation and has been sober for one (1) year as of June 2020.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A)&(1)(B) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(4),(5),(6)(G),(8),(10)(A),(10)(C),(10)(D),(10)(E)&(11)(B).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nursing Law Attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nursing Law Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced Texas Nursing Law attorneys, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 150 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.