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Getting intoxicated by alcohol while at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed for help if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.

Unfortunately, an LVN from Houston failed to do this. This results in disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Always keep in mind that the Texas Board of Nursing handles all of the cases that may affect the license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with a right nurse attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the nurse’s favor, especially if the LVN has a good defense against the case.

On or about July 2, 2007, while employed in a homecare center in San Antonio, the LVN exhibited unusual behavior and slurred speech while on duty. She also had to hold on to a fellow employee as she walked down the hall. The LVN also appeared to be sleepy and was unable to follow simple commands. When asked for a specimen for a urine drug screen, the LVN resulted positive.   

Furthermore, the LVN admitted that she had taken a drug called Soma three days prior to her unusual behavior and slurred speech. Her conduct could have affected her ability to recognize any signs or symptoms in a patient’s condition. Further, her condition could have affected her ability to make rational decisions which might lead to the patient’s potential danger.

Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side.  She admitted that she drank alcohol and used controlled substances before her shift. She also stated that she is currently undergoing therapy and rehabilitation for the use of controlled substance. Therefore, the Board of Nursing decided to extend her disciplinary proceedings for several more years to ensure that she will perform even better in the future.

If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.