Alcohol abuse while at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, some who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their RN or LVN license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, a RN from Austin failed to do this, which resulted in a disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Take note that the Board handles all of the cases that may affect the RN or LVN 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 nurse has a good defense against the case.
On or about March 12, 2018, while employed in a homecare facility in Austin, the RN engaged in the unlawful use of a substance called Phenobarbital in that she produced a specimen for a random drug screen that resulted positive for Phenobarbital. Unlawful possession of Phenobarbital is prohibited by Chapter 481(Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health & Safety Code.
Subsequently, the RN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she enrolled in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) after she was diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, on or about November 15, 2018, she was elected to withdraw from the TPAPN before completing the program.
Her condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate and appropriate assessments, judgments and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing patients in potential danger.
This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing discipline and suspended her license.
Any RN or LVN should never use any substance in and out of work as it may affect their performance, which may lead to further issues to the patients they are taking care of. Additionally, if you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.