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A controlled substance is a drug that is tightly controlled or regulated by the Controlled Substance Act because for the reason that it can be abused or even caused addiction. If an RN is using the excess leftover drugs for personal use, great harm to a patient can happen. The RN will be held accountable for it. If such a mistake happens, you should always consider having a nurse attorney for the defense.

On or about December 15, 2016, through December 20, 2016, an RN was employed as a Certified

Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at a hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, the RN misappropriated Fentanyl and Dilaudid belonging to the facility or patients thereof in that the RN withdrew excessive amounts of Fentanyl and Dilaudid from the medication dispensing system, keeping the excess leftover from her cases and using this for her own personal use. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.

In response, the RN admits to using the excess after work. The RN states she entered inpatient treatment at as Treatment Center in December 2016 and successfully completed thirty (30) days of treatment on January 20, 2017. The RN states she has since maintained an active recovery program including attendance of at least three (3) Celebrate Recovery meetings a week and undercoating therapy.

The RN states that December 21, 2016, is her date of sobriety. The Board finds that there exist serious risks to public health and safety as a result of impaired nursing care due to intemperate use of controlled substances or chemical dependency.

As a result, the RN’s action made the Board decided to put the RN into disciplinary action. The RN facing such issues alone could really end up in the worst situation. Hiring a nurse attorney is such great help. Every nurse should consider the fact that a nurse attorney can help them defend themselves from such cases.

So, if you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process, you may contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.