The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a nurse attorney.
On or about December 16, 2005, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a medical facility in Texarkana, the LVN misappropriated Versed and Demerol from the hospital and failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. Possession of Versed and Demerol, without a valid prescription, is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).
Additionally, the LVN admitted to diverting 500mg of Demerol on December 15, 2006, and that she had been diverting the medication for a year. Her conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of medications.
During December 2004 through December 19, 2005, the LVN engaged in the intemperate use of Demerol and Versed in that she admitted that she had diverted the medications for the past year and that she had a substance abuse problem. She admitted herself to a rehabilitation center.
Posse and Versed are prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health & Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of Demerol and Versed by a Registered 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.
As a result of the conviction, the LVN was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay an amount. She was disciplined warning to a suspension of her LVN license by violating the Texas Board of Nursing regulation.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
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