For complaints regarding the use of substances or drugs, a Grand Prairie 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 LVN in Grand Prairie. Read below to know her story.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a medical facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) month.
On or about July 29, 2020, through July 30, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a medical facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, LVN was accused of the following:
1. LVN exhibited impaired behavior to include: falling asleep, slurring her speech, unsteady gait, and having dilated pupils. In addition, when LVN was instructed to submit to a urine drug screen, a staff member discovered a facility specimen cup already filled with urine hidden on LVN’s person. LVN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
2. LVN engaged in the intemperate use of Ambien in that she admitted to the Director of Nursing to taking an Ambien several hours before reporting to her night shift and that the effects of the medication had not worn off by the time she reported to duty. The use of Ambien 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 pare, thereby placing a patient in potential danger.
In response, LVN states she took Ambien to sleep at approximately 1010, but when she arrived in the facility at 1735, she was still feeling the effects of the medication. LVN states that as she began to get a report from the outgoing charge nurse, she informed the charge nurse she was still sleepy and asked her to call the assistant director of nursing to take her place. LVN states that after the assistant director of nursing arrived at the facility, she was asked to submit to a drug test. LVN states she proceeded to get a VA container the facility uses for patients and urinated in it. LVN states she attempted to give her specimen to the assistant director of nursing, but she refused it and informed her she could leave the facility.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(9),(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(B)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(B),(1)(E),(4),(5)&(10)(A).
A case was ultimately filed against her before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The said allegation was fatal to the LVN’s capability to perform the essential functions and duties. Sad to say, the nursing defense attorney who handled her case was not able to properly defend her interests and rights before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the offense alleged in the complaint and decided to place her LVN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 200 nurse cases for the past 16 years. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.