When it comes to disciplinary proceedings before an administrative body in the state of Texas, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is to hire the best nurse attorney. This lawyer can help any RN or LVN defend herself and try to prevent the revocation of their RN / LVN license.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in The Woodlands, Texas, and had been in that position for 10 months.
On or about May 21, 2021, while licensed as a Registered Nurse, employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN misappropriated a one (1) 30mL bottle of Morphine belonging to the Patient. Subsequently, when she was confronted by the Director, the RN admitted to taking the vial of Morphine and handed the vial with a broken seal to her. Furthermore, the Director found a syringe with a liquid substance in it. The conduct of the RN could have defrauded the facility and patient thereof of the cost of the medication.
It was on or about August 20, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN lacked the fitness to practice professional nursing in that she exhibited impaired behavior while on duty, including stumbling, inability to walk upright and in a straight line, dropping her writing instrument, and inability to sign or print her name. Furthermore, the said RN refused to submit to a drug and alcohol screen. The RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions and could have affected her ability to make appropriate judgments, regarding patient care, thereby placing patients in potential danger.
In response to the incidents, the RN states: “I deeply regret my actions at Parsons House and have reached out to my manager to apologize and accept responsibility. In June 2020, I lost my job as a Health Coach when the company I worked for, Interactive Health, filed for bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I applied for numerous jobs and Parsons House was the first employer that offered me a position as a Medication Aide/Caregiver in July 2020. I had no intention of defrauding the facility or patients when I accepted the position. I had maintained sobriety for 10 years and did not expect to face challenges that would lead to my termination from the position. However, I was accepting a significant reduction in income and this would lead to major stressors at home. I was in a stressful and abusive living situation that continued to worsen during the pandemic. It was becoming difficult to cope and I had relayed this information to my manager and a few coworkers. I eventually moved into a guest apartment at Parsons House in May 2021 in order to remove myself from this situation. I believe that the stress of losing my home led to a relapse and I did not see it coming. I enjoyed my job and the team I worked with and regret the hurt and disappointment I caused with my poor decision to misappropriate the medication. ”
The RN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined and suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
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