For complaints regarding misconduct, a Big Spring nurse attorney is the one to contact. However, many failed to do so, resulting in suspension or revocation of their license. Just like what happened to an RN in Big Spring. Read below to know her story.
On or about January 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse in Big Spring, the RN may have lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that she admitted to methamphetamine abuse and impaired behavior.
The RN referred himself to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) but has since missed four-drug screens and withdrew from the program. The RN’s condition could have affected his ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected his ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
On or about March 12, 2018, the RN physically and mentally abused a patient in that she called the patient a “fu*king bi*ch” and then proceeded to place her hands on her and forcefully move her into a room. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm. Additionally, the patient could have experienced delayed distress which may not be recognized or felt by the patient until harmful consequences occur.
On the same day, the RN engaged in the intemperate use of Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and Ecstasy in that she submitted a specimen for a for-cause drug screen which produced a positive result for Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and Ecstasy. Possession of Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and Ecstasy is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and Ecstasy 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 care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In response to the incident, the RN states 2018 began with personal loss and challenges and he chose to use crystal meth as an escape/distraction sometime in January. She states one day in mid-March he used on a day off and went to work the next day, still feeling the effects to some degree, but feeling capable and in control. The RN states due to a patient altercation, her manager had a conversation with him and he was then required to take a drug screen.
The RN further states she had to assist security with two aggressive patients trying to harm each other, and it was a difficult situation to manage. The RN states due to a high level of aggression, his body became a barrier between the patients and I utilized my physical strength to keep the more aggressive patient at bay, which meant grasping her by the upper arms and shoulders and redirecting her, effectively pushing, with enough force to redirect but not inflict physical injury. The RN states she was reported to the nurse manager for cursing at the patients and for physical aggression. She states she curses in day to day communication, but not at patients. She states within a matter of weeks, the investigations were completed, and the allegations were not confirmed
However, without valid reason and defense to properly explain the RN’s side, the RN was disciplined and suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to3 disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Big Spring nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.