Any LVN or RN nurse who committed a malpractice, dishonorable act or violation of state laws may be subjected to a disciplinary action. It is therefore essential to hire a nurse attorney to defend your case. The governmental agency that has the authority to deal with the acts and omissions of the nurses in Texas is the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). This agency is composed of several members who are responsible for hearing and deciding any complaint or case filed before an LVN or RN.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a rehabilitation facility in Victoria, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year.
On or about November 21, 2020, while employed as an RN at a rehabilitation facility in Victoria, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
- RN misappropriated fifty (50) tablets of Hydromorphone, three (3) tablets of Remeron, and one (1) tablet of Norco belonging to the facility and patients thereof. Additionally, the medications were found on her person and RN admitted to the facility staff that she diverted the medications. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.
- RN lacked fitness to practice professional nursing in that she admitted to the facility staff that she ingested one (1) Hydromorphone tablet while on duty. RN’s conduct was likely to injure patients in that it adversely affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the patients’ conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgements, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
In response, RN states she was prescribed Vicodin in the summer of 2020 and found it difficult to stop taking the medication. RN relates she would locate medication wherever possible, including her place of work. RN admits to attempting to steal narcotics from her workplace on November 21, 2020.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(9),(10),(12)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(B) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B),(1)(E),(4),(5),(6)(G),(8),(10)(A),(10)(D),(10)(E)&(11)(B).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
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