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In the past years, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is known to have regularly filed cases against erring nurse that resulted to the revocation or suspension of the professional licenses. A RN nurse charged with the commission of a violation or omission of an act needs to be assisted by a proper legal counsel in order to present her defenses in a proper way. The assistance of a good lawyer also comes in handy in ensuring that the legal procedure is being followed.

Unfortunately, in one case filed before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), a nurse named Albert failed to hire the right attorney to handle his case. While employed in a particular medical institution in Texas, a case was filed against him. In the complaint, it was specifically alleged that on or about October 24, 2013, the LVN nurse underwent a chemical dependency evaluation administered by a professional psychologist. Based on the evaluation, the psychologist stated that the LVN nurse appears mildly to moderate depressed. Aside from this, he also said that there were signs and symptoms of depression that are likely related to her unresolved trauma and current stabled childhood.

The same psychologist adds that the test result are not indicative of a diagnosis of substance dependence. However, the LVN nurse’s history and self-report do indicate the abuse of alcohol and at least one other substance that resulted in her conviction for two cases of driving under the influence of alcohol. The psychologist recommends that the LVN nurse shall receive supervision from the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) for a reasonable period of time.

The Texas Board of Nursing issued an order directing Albert to refrain from practicing his nursing profession during the period required for her counseling sessions. According to the BON, a stable LVN nurse would pose threat to public health and safety. As such, all nurses in Texas must have stability in their mental health.

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