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.
Timothy, a Texas RN nurse, 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 land a job in one of the best hospitals in the state. However, just when he thought that things were starting to be great, something happened. He received a complaint filed against him before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
It was alleged that on or about March 18, 2014, while employed with a state hospital, the RN nurse failed to insure that a resident patient’s systolic blood pressure was greater than one millimeters of mercury (100 mm Hg) prior to administering Propranolol 80 mg as ordered by the physician. Instead, the RN nurse administered Propranolol 80 mg at 16:00 hours without checking the patient’s blood pressure. This act by the RN nurse was likely to injure the patient from undetected progression of clinical compilations, including those associated with hypotension.
The complaint further stated that there was a violation of the Texas Administrative Code, specifically:
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.
The Texas Board of Nursing ordered for the suspension 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 an 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.
If you are looking for a Texas nurse license defense lawyer that has a proven track record in this practice area, contact the Law Firm of Yong J. An 24/7 by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.