Nurses can be charged for misappropriating medications or for even ingesting medication that is intended only for the patients. This can put you in a very difficult situation wherein the help of a nurse attorney is needed.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Abilene, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and six (6) months.
On or about April 28, 2017, April 29, 2017, and April 30, 2017, the LVN misappropriated seven (7) tablets of Norco 10/325mg from a patient, three (3) tablets of Acetaminophen-Codeine 300/30mg, and one tablet of Alprazolam 0.25mg belonging to another patient, three (3) tablets of Norco 5/325mg and one (1) tablet of Acetaminophen-Codeine 300/30mg belonging to another patient, six (6) tablets of Norco 7.5/325mg belonging to the fourth patient, and one (l) tablet of Lorazepam 0.5mg and one (1) vial of Dilaudid ling/ml belonging to the fifth, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. The LVN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
In response, the LVN admits to a certain lack of precaution in preventing misappropriation, because he should not have worked in an under-staffed unit that lacked scanners to perform his job in accordance with policy and procedures.
However, without the proper help from a good defense nurse attorney, the LVN will lose the case and will be disciplined and suspended and even worst, the license will be revoked. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney if the LVN had hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense or for help in facing the Texas Board of Nursing is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Attorney Yong J. An is a Texas nurse attorney that has a proven track record. He has over 16 years of experience handling Texas BON disciplinary action cases and has helped protect the license of numerous nurses in Texas for a confidential consultation, call or text him at (832) 428-5679.