The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. An RN in Texas needs to follow several rules and regulations in order to prevent revocation of her RN license. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses which may have put their RN license in danger. They can avoid this to happen by hiring a nurse attorney for defense.
This is exactly what happened to a particular RN in Houston when she was issued an Agreed Order by the Texas Board of Nursing requiring her to successfully complete the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN). She did not successfully complete the terms of the Order. She became noncompliant with the Agreed Order issued to her by the Texas Board of Nursing on February 14, 2014.
Noncompliance is the result of the RN’s failure to comply with all requirements of the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) participation agreement in that Respondent admitted to consuming prescribed Hydrocodone without approval from TPAPN. Additionally, she lacked fitness to practice professional nursing in that she was observed to be confused, disoriented, somnolent, unable to walk without assistance, unable to write her name, and falling out of her chair.
In response, the states from August 6, 2015, through August 11, 2015, she was under a physician’s care for a severe lumbar sprain and kidney stones. She adds that she received a work release note from the doctor to take the next day of work off. After multiple attempts to notify her employer, she received a call stating that she was “abandoning her patients” and she must go to work.
On the way to work, the RN states that she was run off the road by another vehicle. She began to feel lightheaded and very ill. After her arrival to work, she was taken to Concentra for a drug and alcohol screening. The breathalyzer test and urine specimen resulted negative.
The Board finds that there exist serious risks to public health and safety as a result of impaired nursing care due to intemperate use of controlled substances or chemical dependency.
The RN also failed to hire a nurse attorney to defend her side, which led to the suspension of her license by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Avoid the same thing from happening in your case. Make sure to take the necessary steps in dealing with a complaint filed before the Board against you or else, your RN license may be put in danger.
If you received a letter from the Texas BON for a substance abuse, misdemeanor offense or any other offense, it is best to consult an experienced Texas nurse attorney who can guide you on the steps you need to take to protect your RN or LVN license.
Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Contact Mr. Yong An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.