When it comes to disciplinary proceedings before the Texas Board of Nursing, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is to hire the best nurse attorney in town. As such attorney can help any RN or LVN defend herself and try to prevent the suspension or revocation of their RN / LVN license.
On or about March 7, 2019, through April 29, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Edinburg, Texas, the RN misappropriated nine (9) vials of Fentanyl 50mcg, two (2) vials of Morphine 10mg, and one (1) vial of Morphine 4mg belonging to the facility and patients thereof, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
On or about March 7, 2019, through April 29, 2019, the RN withdrew nine (9) vials of Fentanyl 50mcg, two (2) vials of Morphine 10mg, and one (1) vial of Morphine 4mg from the medication dispensing system for patients without valid physician’s orders. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that the administration of the medications without a valid physician’s order could result in the patients suffering from adverse reactions, and the RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
On or about May 1, 2019, the RN engaged in the intemperate and/or unlawful use of Amphetamine, Lorazepam, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, and Morphine in that she produced a specimen for a reasonable suspicion drug screen that resulted positive for Amphetamine, Lorazepam, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone,
and Morphine. Unlawful possession of Amphetamine, Lorazepam, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, and Morphine is prohibited by Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health & Safety Code. The use of Amphetamine, Lorazepam, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, and Morphine by a Nurse while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in a patient’s condition, and could impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions, regarding patient care, thereby placing a patient in potential danger.
In response, the RN states she failed to waste medication once because there was no one to witness the wastage. The RN states that other medications were discarded by mistake. The RN states she no longer works in a direct patient care environment and she’s willing to submit to random drug screens.
As a result, her RN license was disciplined and suspended by the Texas BON. She did not have an experienced attorney to fully defend her case led to this decision by the Texas BON. And then decided to voluntarily surrender her license.
You should have to be wise in dealing with any case and hire a nurse attorney for help to avoid decisions that you will surely regret later on.
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