The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all t the same time. A LVN or RN nurse in Texas needs to follow several rules and regulations in order to prevent revocation of the licenses. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence.
A particular Texas RN nurse in this article was one of those professionals who were charged before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). He graduated in a medical university in Texas wherein he obtained a degree in nursing. He obtained a license to practice professional nurse in the state of Texas. Because of this, he was able to get the job she wanted.
However, a case was filed against him before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). According to the complaint, the registered nurse discharged a Patient Medical Record with the wrong discharge instructions and prescriptions. His act was clearly a sign that there was negligence on his part. For failure to follow the right instructions, the professional nurse placed the life of the discharged patient in danger. Aside from the wrongful act above, the RN nurse was also found to have deflated the in dwelling urinary catheter balloons of two patients when he was obtaining a urine specimen.
Clearly, the registered nurse violated this provision from the Texas Administrative Code:
Sec. 301.452 provides for the grounds for disciplinary action:
(a)In this section, intemperate use includes practicing nursing or being on duty or on call while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
(b) A person is subject to denial of a license or to disciplinary action under this subchapter for:
(1) a violation of this chapter, a rule or regulation not inconsistent with this chapter, or an order issued under this chapter;
(2) fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice professional nursing or vocational nursing;
(3) a conviction for, or placement on deferred adjudication community supervision or deferred disposition for, a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(4) conduct that results in the revocation of probation imposed because of conviction for a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(5) use of a nursing license, diploma, or permit, or the transcript of such a document, that has been fraudulently purchased, issued, counterfeited, or materially altered;
(6) impersonating or acting as a proxy for another person in the licensing examination required under Section 301.253 or 301.255;
(7) directly or indirectly aiding or abetting an unlicensed person in connection with the unauthorized practice of nursing;
(8) revocation, suspension, or denial of, or any other action relating to, the person’s license or privilege to practice nursing in another jurisdiction or under federal law;
(9) intemperate use of alcohol or drugs that the board determines endangers or could endanger a patient;
(10) unprofessional conduct in the practice of nursing that is likely to deceive, defraud, or injure a patient or the public;
(11) adjudication of mental incompetency;
(12) lack of fitness to practice because of a mental or physical health condition that could result in injury to a patient or the public; or
(13) failure to care adequately for a patient or to conform to the minimum standards of acceptable nursing practice in a manner that, in the board’s opinion, exposes a patient or other person unnecessarily to risk of harm.
Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) ordered for the revocation of the RN nurse’s professional license. Avoid the same thing from happening in your case. Make sure to take the necessary steps in dealing with a complaint filed before the Board against you.
If you have received a letter from the Texas BON for use of drugs/alcohol or any other offense, it is best to consult an experienced Texas Nurse Defense Attorney who can guide you on the steps you need to take to protect your nursing license.