Illegal drug use has been a signature specialty of a Dallas Nurse Attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
On or about February 10, 2019, through February 15, 2019, an RN from Dallas removed narcotics from the Acudose Medication Dispensing System for patients without valid physician’s orders and. She also failed to accurately and completely document the administration of the narcotics in the patients’ Medication Administration Records (MARs). Her conduct was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent care givers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patient which could result in an overdose.
Subsequently, the RN engaged in the intemperate use of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Meperidine, and Fentanyl, in that she submitted a specimen which resulted positive for Morphine, Hydromorphone, Meperidine, and Fentanyl. Possession of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Meperidine, and Fentanyl is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health & Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Meperidine, and Fentanyl by a Licensed Vocational Nurse, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the patient’s condition, and could impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
However, the RN failed to hire an effective Dallas Nurse Attorney to help her defend her side. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a Dallas Nurse Attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Dallas Nurse Attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.