On or about October 3, 2008, while licensed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the State of Texas and seeking employment in a medical center in Temple, the LVN engaged in the intemperate use of Propoxyphene and Norpropoxyphene, in that she produced a specimen for a pre-employment drug screen that resulted positive for Propoxyphene and Norpropoxyphene.
The use of Propoxyphene and Norpropoxyphene by a Licensed Vocational 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, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
Possession of Propoxyphene and Norpropoxyphene, without a valid prescription, is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).
The Texas Board of Nursing is the one that has full jurisdiction on cases involving LVNs and LVNs. Therefore, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to explain her side.
During the hearing, the LVN states: “I did have severe dental work that was needing to be done and I had an appointment to be seen. I was in severe pain when visiting my mother, who in turn gave me two of her pain pills (Darvocet) until I could get to the dentist. I did get to the dentist and had two rotten back teeth and an abscess. I have never taken any medication that was not prescribed to me in all of fifteen years of being a nurse. I regret the decision that I made at that time. Pain overrode my judgment. I did have dental surgery to correct the problem and they removed the two teeth that were rotter. The only reason that I did not participate in the peer program was that I was having surgery and did not have the money at the time. I have no problem taking random drug tests to resolve this issue.”
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