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A nurse attorney should be hired at all times whenever you undergo a case that may affect your RN license. This is what an LVN from Houston should have done when she received a complaint regarding errors at her work. Take note that the Texas Board of Nursing can settle matters with a nurse attorney if one is present with the respondent during a case.

On or about September I, 2010 through October 4, 2010, while employed in a medical facility in Houston, an LVN misappropriated narcotics belonging to the facility and patients. Additionally, she withdrew narcotics from the Accudose Medication Dispensing System for patients, but failed to follow the policy and procedures for the wastage of unused portions of the medications. Subsequently, the LVN removed  narcotics  from  the Accudose Medication  Dispensing  System   for patients  but  failed  to document the  administration of the  medications   in  the  patients’   Medical Administration Record (MAR) and nurses’ notes.

Her conduct not only was likely  to defraud the facility and patients  of the cost of the medications, but also likely to deceive  the  hospital  pharmacy   and  placed  the  pharmacy   in  violation  of Chapter  481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code. Additionally, her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient which could result in an overdose.

On or about December 19, 2013, December 23, 2013, December 26, 2013, December 27, 2013, December 30, 2013, and December 1, 2013, the LVN misappropriated Hydromorphone belonging to the facility and patient. Her conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.

The LVN admits that she did misappropriate narcotics for her personal use and explains she had been severely depressed for three years prior to events and began drinking alcohol and self- medicating with opiates. In November 2010, the LVN states she was diagnosed with chemical dependency and Major Depressive Disorder and immediately enrolled in inpatient rehabilitation treatment. She further states that she completed inpatient treatment and transitioned into Partial Hospitalization followed by Intensive Outpatient Treatment and continued to attend 12 step meetings and aftercare. The LVN also states that she voluntarily enrolled in TPAPN and she participated in the program from December 2010 to January 2014, however, in December 2013 she relapsed and misappropriated Hydromorphone for her own personal use.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty for the complaint against her and her LVN license was suspended. She lost the case simply because the LVN failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation