Any type of accusations can be defended as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at a hospital in Laredo, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about October 3, 2019, through October 6, 2019, while employed as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at a hospital in Laredo, Texas, RN increased the patient’s Trazodone from 50mg to 200 mg, for insomnia, without documented rationale in the medical record as the patient reported “good” sleep of six to eight hours. The patient suffered no harm as a result of the medication change.
In response, RN states that on October 3, 2019, the patient reported sleeping 6-8 hours on a medication regimen that included 50mg trazadone and 4mg Subutex. The following night, October 4, 2019, the patient’s Subutex dose was to be halved to 2mg. RN raised the Trazodone dose to address the patient’s increased pain, anxiety, and detox symptoms resulting from the decreased dose of Subutex. The patient had requested the increased trazodone dose and reported that he had a prescription for a 300mg dose of trazodone at home. There were no adverse effects noted in the nursing notes the following day.
The above action constitutes 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)(D) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
However, without valid evidence to defend his side of the story, the RN lost the case. Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a Texas BON attorney to help him with his case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined the RN’s license.
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 RN/LVN license 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 RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.