The use of controlled substances while at work is a serious case, which is why a right nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, some who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their RN or LVN license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in College Station, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about March 12, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in College Station, Texas, RN withdrew morphine from the medication dispensing system for a patient at 15:49 and proceeded to document a pain score for the patient of “0” at 15:36 and 16:00, discharged the patient at 16:00, and failed to document the administration, return, and/or wastage of the morphine in the patients’ medication administration records and/or nurse’s notes. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).
Another incident happened on or about March 25, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in College Station, Texas, RN engaged in the intemperate use of hydromorphone, morphine, and tramadol in that RN produced a specimen for a drug screen which resulted positive for hydromorphone, morphine, and tramadol. Possession of hydromorphone, morphine, and tramadol is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health & Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of hydromorphone, morphine, and tramadol by a Registered 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’s care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(10)(C),(10)(D)&(11)(B).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 200 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579.