Malpractices due to drug addiction have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
One such incident occurred on or about February 1, 2013, through November 7, 2013, to an RN in Fort Worth. During the initial time of the incident, she was employed as RN in a medical facility in Fort Worth and had been in the position for more than two years.
On or about the said date, the RN submitted fraudulent prescriptions for Hydrocodone, to multiple pharmacies for her own use. She then admitted to the misuse of patient prescriptions and provider’s prescription pads. Additionally, she stated that she had an “addiction problem”.
The RN’s conduct was likely to deceive the pharmacy and possession of Hydrocodone through the use of an unauthorized prescription is prohibited by Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.