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The Texas Board of Nursing is known to be very strict when it comes to all actions of nurses, which is why a nurse attorney is needed when attending hearings before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing does not allow those who wish to exceed the scope of their practice as an RN or LVN. This is what exactly happened to a certain RN in Lubbock, but failed to hire a good nurse attorney.

At the time of the incident, the RN was employed in a university in Lubbock and had been working in the facility for four years already.

On or about December 22, 2014, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in Lubbock and participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN), the RN submitted a specimen for a random urine drug screen which resulted positive for alcohol. Her conduct could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.

The Texas Board of Nursing took action to the case, summoning the RN to defend against the accusation. During the hearing, the RN states she first sought treatment in December 2012, and after a relapse, she returned to treatment January 2014. The RN states her employer suggested she enroll in TPAPN. She admits she had a brief relapse and a positive drug screen in December 2014. In March 2015, the RN states she was overwhelmed at work, bought beer on her way home and relapsed. She states she had the option to return to treatment or to be turned into the Board. The RN states she could not return to treatment due to lack of financial resources because she had lost her job and insurance.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to sentence her RN license to disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the RN license. The strictness of the Board also ensures that nurses will only commit to the duties they are assigned to in order to guarantee accurate and excellent performance in all hospitals throughout the state of Texas.

The case would have yielded a different result if the RN was able to hire a nurse attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for a confidential consultation.