An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that they are facing that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that the RN from Odessa committed in 2015, was one of those examples.

On or about May 20, 2014, through June 25, 2015, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in Odessa, Texas, the RN obtained Tramadol from a pharmacy through the use of falsified and unauthorized prescriptions, using the name of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent.

The RN’s conduct was likely to deceive the pharmacy and possession of Tramadol through use of a forged and unauthorized prescription is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).

The RN also did the same thing on or about September 1, 2015, through September 29, 2016 when she obtained Tramadol from a local pharmacy through the use of falsified and unauthorized prescriptions, using the name of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent.

When summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing, the RN states she developed chronic back pain over the course of her career, was once prescribed Tramadol and preferred taking the Tramadol instead of over-the-counter pain medications. The RN also states she could not take off work for her pain, and had difficulty paying co-pays to see a doctor. Respondent admits she called in a prescription for a Zpak and Phenergan with Codeine for her son because she could not pay for him to go to urgent care.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanor outside or during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.