For complaints regarding the use of substances or drugs, a nurse attorney is the one to contact. However, many failed to do so, resulting in suspension or revocation of their license. Just like what happened to an RN in Texarkana. Read below to know her story.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Texarkana, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years.

On or about June 11, 2020 through June 12, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Texarkana, Texas, RN was accused of the following:

  1. RN misappropriated medications including, but not limited to, Fioricet and Protonix belonging to the hospital and patients thereof, for her own personal use. Additionally, surveillance footage shows RN selecting medications and placing them in her pockets. Subsequently, RN admitted to hospital management to taking the medications. Additionally, RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients, thereof, of the cost of the medications.
  2. RN engaged in the intemperate use of Marijuana, Barbiturates and Butalbital in that she submitted a urine specimen for a for cause drug screen, which resulted positive for Marijuana, Barbiturates and Butalbital. The use of Marijuana, Barbiturates and Butalbital by a Registered 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.

The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(9),(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(T) 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).

However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.

If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.