Sleeping while on duty is the most common mistake an RN could make. The Board may find an RN lacked the fitness to practice because of this reason. Although there are other factors and aspects to look for if you are really a fit to practice nursing. If you are summoned by the Board, you need a nurse attorney to represent you in court.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN with a pediatric home healthcare services provider in Laredo, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and seven (7) months.
On or about October 15, 2020, October 26, 2020, and October 27, 2020, while employed as an RN with a pediatric home healthcare services provider in Laredo, Texas, and assigned to provide nursing care for a patient, RN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she was found sleeping while on duty. RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the patient’s condition, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgements, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
In response, RN confirms she was working with the patient on October 15, October 26, and October 27, 2020, and was accompanied by the patient’s mother. RN states that, in October 2020, she had been prescribed a medication which had drowsiness as an established side effect. RN admits she began this medication in September 2020, a month prior to the incidents.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10),(12)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4)&(5).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nursing Law Attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nursing Law Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
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