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In nursing, it is important that a nurse knows how to defend and fight any accusations or allegations against him/her and should know how to respond to such situations. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke, may suspend, or only discipline their license. And in facing the Texas Board of Nursing you should take note that a nurse attorney can help a nurse’s license against such situations, which may include minor errors at work.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the role of Nurse Anesthetist at a hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, and assigned to another facility and had been in that position for one (1) year.

It was on or about April 1, 2018, through October 1, 2018, while being employed at the said facility the RN misappropriated Fentanyl belonging to the facility and patients thereof in that he admitted to diverting Fentanyl for personal use. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.

And on or about October 1, 2018, while employed as an RN at the said hospital, the RN engaged in the intemperate and unlawful use of Fentanyl in that he produced a specimen for a reasonable suspicion drug screen that resulted positive for Fentanyl. Unlawful possession of Fentanyl is prohibited by Chapter
481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health & Safety Code. The use of Fentanyl 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.

Then on or about March 4, 2019, the RN received a sanction from the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing of the Department of Commerce of the State of Utah, wherein his license to practice advanced practice registered nursing in the State of Utah was suspended until completion of a mental health and substance abuse disorder evaluation and a physical evaluation. A copy of the sanction, dated March 4, 2019, is attached and incorporated by reference as part of this pleading.

As a response, the RN admits to diverting and using Fentanyl for personal use. And by the RN’s signature which expresses his desire to voluntarily surrender the licenses. The RN could have not done such a decision if only he had hired a nurse attorney for help and be his defense regarding the case and in which he could have not signed for the voluntary surrendering of his license, he could have fought the case with the help of a nurse attorney.

Due to the RN’s actions in dealing with the case, his license was suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing. Avoid the same thing from happening to your license. If you are looking for a nurse attorney that has a proven track record in this practice area, contact the Law Firm of Yong J. An, 24/7 by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation. Mr. An has over 10 years of experience handling Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary action cases and has helped several dozens of nurses in Texas protect their license.