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An RN’s physical and mental health is very important for them to perform their daily tasks in an appropriate manner. Being physically and mentally healthy can greatly affect how they interact or take care of their patients. However, some RNs tend to neglect this fact and report to work in an unstable condition which jeopardizes their patients and profession. Never forget that RNs can always seek the help of a reliable nurse attorney whenever facing accusations such as lack of fitness to practice work properly.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a healthcare services provider in Lubbock, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and four (4) months.

On or about June 29, 2020, while employed as an RN with a healthcare services provider in Lubbock, Texas, RN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she exhibited signs of impaired behavior while on duty, including walking and moving slowly, having shaky hands, seeming sluggish and uncoordinated, and having droopy eyes. RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgements, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.

In response, RN states she had been sedated with Propofol and Versed as part of a routine colonoscopy on June 28, 2020. She states she was released in the afternoon and took her valid medications that evening. She states she believes that the Propofol and the Versed adversely and unintentionally affected her given that she has taken all her valid prescriptions on a nightly basis, and they have never affected her ability to practice. RN states the only medications she tested positive for were those she had valid prescriptions.

The above actions constitute 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)(B)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4)&(5).

Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years.