The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN license and LVN license. The BON has the power to suspend and/or revoke the nurse license. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the State of Texas.
Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
A perfect example of this incident happened on October 20, 2015. While employed as a Staff Nurse in a Medical Center in Edinburg, Texas, an RN exceeded her scope of practice by ordering three medications for a pediatric patient, without receiving orders from the physician.
Subsequently, the RN administered three medications to the patient, without the physician’s orders.
As a defense to the case, the RN states that in emergency care settings, there are many verbal orders received by nurses and in haste, there might be lack of documentation or improper medication doses calculated. She also states that she failed to write a verbal order and carry out proper documentation, and it was an isolated incident.
However, the Texas BON found the nurse’s conduct violates the Texas Occupations Code.
This is just one of the many cases why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence or disobedience on the part of an RN or LVN is never excused.
In another incident, an RN license was suspended and was placed on probation due to non-compliance with an Agreed Order issued to her by Texas. A Noncompliance is the result of Nurse’s failure to abstain from the consumption of alcohol.
RN produced a urine specimen for a random drug screen that resulted positive for three chemicals which are metabolics of alcohol.
The Agreed Order states that the RN shall abstain from the use of alcohol, tramadol, and all controlled substances, except as prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a legitimate purpose.
To counter the allegation, RN states she sought treatment in a rehabilitation center in Webster, Texas, and completed inpatient treatment on May 5, 2017.
However, the Texas BON 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 used by the RN.
As a result, the Texas BON found the RN guilty for the complaint against her. Her RN license was suspended.
She lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient RN/LVN license attorney.
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