Nursing assessment skills are one of the nurse’ most valuable assets. This is the main reason why whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence due to drug use your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney.

On December 28, 2006, an RN from Austin provided a sample of urine that tested positive for marijuana.

Marijuana is an illegal drug in Texas for which there can be no valid prescription. There is no evidence of impairment at work or any effect on the RN’s practice or patients of her marijuana use. Nor is there any evidence that the RN was at work or subject to call when she used (or was under the influence of) marijuana.

In 2005 and 2006, the RN voluntarily participated in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN), including in-patient treatment.

Positive evaluation for substance abuse or dependency (although not necessarily an actual diagnosis) is a precondition for participation in TPAPN.

In August 2005, the RN admitted to an illegal drug (marijuana) use.

While in the TPAPN program and subject to possible referral to the Board for violations of her participation agreement, the RN twice admitted to violating the agreement by consuming alcohol.

The RN’s illegal use of marijuana in December 2006 occurred while she was in the TPAPN program and subject to possible referral to the Board for violations of her participation agreement, which prohibited her from using illegal drugs.

Further, the RN admitted to drinking and driving in November 2007. She has had no previous disciplinary actions brought against her by the Board.

The Texas Board of Nursing is the one who has full jurisdiction on cases involving RNs and LVNs.

Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579