Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a skilled nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
On or about August 21, 2013, an RN from Cleburne engaged in the intemperate use of Opiates in that she produced a specimen for drug screening that resulted positive for Opiates. She later admitted to taking her sister’s Tylenol #3 without a prescription. Possession of Tylenol #3 is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health & Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of Tylenol #3 by a Registered Nurse, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the 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 the patient in potential danger.
When summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing, the RN states she took her sister’s pain medication while in Lubbock due to dental pain. She states she went to the dentist when she returned home, was put on Keflex for an infected tooth and saw an endodontist for a root canal.
The RN states she doesn’t plan to work until she can go back to the surgery center as she doesn’t have to work for financial reasons but loves being a nurse. She admits she made the wrong decision to self-medication but in her hectic life she did what she needed and it resulted in another disappointing termination.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.