Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
On or about January 1, 2017, an LVN from Houston signed in to provide in-home care for a female patient. During the LVN’s shift, the said patient died. The patient had standing orders for Roxanol, 5-10mg every 3 to 4 hours as needed. Roxanol, a brand name for morphine, is a clear liquid narcotic used to treat pain.
Morphine is a Schedule II controlled substance which has a high potential for abuse and has a currently accepted but severely restricted medical use in treatment in the patient. Abuse of morphine may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
On or about January 1, 2017, the LVN documented flushing 50 units of morphine sulfate (20mg/ml) and 15 units of morphine sulfate (20mg/ml) with a family member witnessing the waste.
The following day, the hospital where the LVN was employed treated the LVN for poisoning. She admitted drinking a small amount of morphine she obtained from a recently deceased patient.
During that time, the LVN did not have a valid prescription for morphine or a legitimate medical reason for using morphine.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.