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. A nurse attorney with the skills and experience can really help any RN or LVN defend themselves and try to prevent the suspension or revocation of their RN/LVN license.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for eleven (11) months.

It was on or about June 30, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN withdrew one (1) vial of Hydromorphone 5mg from the medication dispensing system of a patient, but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures for wastage of the unused portions of the medication. The RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

And on or about June 30, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse the RN misappropriated one (1) vial of Hydromorphone 5mg to a patient 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 August 21, 2018, through September 21, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN withdrew five (5) vials of Hydromorphone 2mg from the medication dispensing system for patients without a valid physician’s order. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure patients in that the administration of medications without valid physician’s orders could result in the patient 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 March 7, 2019, through April 29, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN withdrew nine (9) vials of Fentanyl 50mcg, one (1) vial of Morphine 10mg, and one (1) vial of Morphine 4mg, from the medication dispensing system for patients but failed to document and/or accurately and completely document the administration of the medication in the patients’ Medication Administration Record (MAR) and/or Nurses’ Notes. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patients which could result in an overdose. Additionally, 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 March 7, 2019, through April 29, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, 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 but failed to follow the facility’s policy and
procedure for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. The RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

In regards to the above incidents, the RN was put into investigation by the Texas Board of Nursing and was found guilty of numerous violations as stated above on the RN’s misconducts. This placed the RN into disciplinary action and will be facing further sanction or possible suspension of her license. However, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to defend her in such a case.

Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night, or on weekends.