In Texas, the government has created a special agency that has the jurisdiction to handle controversies and cases involving the nursing profession. This tribunal is called the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Every RN or LVN subjected to a disciplinary proceeding or administrative case before the Board is given an opportunity to be heard and defend himself from all accusations. This every nurse with a pending case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is to encourage hiring a nurse attorney.
Unfortunately, there are some RN and LVN who fail to find the right nurse attorney to handle their cases. As a result, most of them would be adjudged liable for the complaints. This usually leads to the revocation of a professional nursing license. This is what happened to an RN in El Paso, Texas and had been in that position for only six months at the time of the incident.
On or about February 1, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in El Paso, the RN engaged in the intemperate use of cocaine and alcohol. She submitted a specimen for a drug screen which produced a positive result for cocaine and admitted to drinking “four bottles” of beer that morning. Possession of cocaine is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).
The use of cocaine and alcohol by a Registered Nurse, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurses ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in the patients condition, and could impair the nurses ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to give her a fair chance to defend her case. She was given the chance to defend herself at the Board.
During the hearing, the RN states she has been honest about her alcohol problem, the substance abuse is no longer in her life, and would like help.
However, the Texas Board of Nursing states that the RN’s conduct could possibly place the patient in potential danger.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty for the complaint against her and her RN license was suspended. She lost the case simply because the RN failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation