As a professional nurse (RN/LVN) in the state of Texas, there are many things that you need to consider. Aside from complying with the statutes and special laws of Texas, you also need to follow the rules provided by the hospital where you work. There is no excuse for non-compliance of these regulations, unless they are illegal or unconstitutional.
Once you obtain a nursing license, you automatically become subject to the administrative body called Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Complaints can be filed against you before the said Board. This is why it is important that you must perform well in exercising your nursing license
A good example of a case where a particular nurse failed to comply with hospital rules and regulations was the case involving Arnold. Arnold was a registered nurse (RN) in the State of Texas. He worked as a nurse in a hospital located in the downtown area of Dallas.
While employed at the hospital and while participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurse or TPAPN, he withdrew 1 mg of Dilaudid from the medication dispensing system, but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of the unused portion of the medication.
Additionally, the professional LVN or RN nurse became non-compliant with his TPAPN participation agreement after missing three random drug screens. The licensed nurse was given an opportunity to restart the TPAPN program but he continued to leave medications unaccounted for. Such act was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The case of Arnold was under the jurisdiction of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). There was a notice served before him but he ignored the same. In fact, he even did not respond in the complaint. He failed to find the right defense lawyer who could have helped him in preventing the suspension of his nursing license.
To avoid similar thing from happening to you, always remember that having a nursing defense attorney will save you from troubles. Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your response letter from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) or the disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.