If you have been summoned and have received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case about controlled substances or even false documentation of medical records or getting involved in any criminal offense against you, seeking and hiring a nurse attorney is the solution for that. This should be the first thing to do for an RN or an LVN before facing the case they are in.
At the time of the incident, the RN was employed as a Private Duty Registered Nurse at a medical facility in Sugar Land, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.
It was on or about November 3, 2015, the RN falsely documented the status of a patient in the patient’s medical record, for hours that she was not present in the patient’s house. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have reliable information on which to base their care decisions.
On or about March 26, 2016, the RN was arrested for DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, a Class B Misdemeanor Offense, and the POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PG 3>=28G, a Class A Misdemeanor Offense. This matter is still pending.
In response to the incidents above, the RN states that she was on orientation which was to last until 5 pm. The RN states that the patient’s Mother relieved her of her shift at 11:30 am as the patient had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon. The RN adds that she notified the agency of the day’s events and was relieved of her position. The RN states that she was distraught over parting ways with the agency and that the times wrote down after 10:30 am appear to be of late documentation and that she inadvertently misdocumented the times. The RN states that regarding the incident on March 26, 2016, her Nurse Practitioner has been working on her medication regimen, and that she experienced a state of in-and-out blackout.
The Board finds that there exist serious risks to public health and safety as a result of impaired nursing care due to intemperate use of controlled substances or chemical dependency. The RN’s conduct was reportable under thy provisions of Sections 301.401-301.419, Texas Occupations Code. The RN’s conduct from or was significantly influenced by the RN’s substance use disorder mental illness. The Board finds that there exist serious risks to public health and safety as a result of impaired nursing care due to intemperate use of controlled substances or substance use disorder.
As a result, the RN and her license were subjected to disciplinary action. She should have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide help on the case. Having a good and reliable nurse attorney around during a trial or any proceedings can result in a different outcome.
If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanors outside or during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. You may contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.