Malpractices due to drug addiction have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.

On or about May 13, 2013, the LVN in Houston allegedly lacked fitness to practice vocational nursing in that she submitted a specimen for a drug screen that resulted positive for Cocaine while in treatment at a rehabilitation center. The LVN’s conduct 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 judgments and decisions regarding patient care thereby placing the patients in potential danger

Additionally, she admitted she had relapsed on Cocaine and was admitted into a residential treatment program. Her conduct could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs symptoms or changes in patient’s conditions and could have affected her ability to make rational accurate and appropriate assessments judgments and decisions regarding patient care thereby placing the patients in potential danger.

This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the LVN attended for her career’s security.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.

So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.