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An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an RN committed in 2011 was one of those examples.

In or about July 2011, the RN was ‘referred to the Intervention Project for Nurses by her employer after she tested positive for cocaine on an employer-ordered drug test. Cocaine is a schedule II controlled substance. It has a high potential for abuse and has a currently accepted, but severely restricted, medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of cocaine may lead to severe physical and psychological dependence.

On or about October 15, 2011, the RN entered into a monitoring contract with Intervention Project for Nurses for the time period of October 15, 2011, through October 15, 2016.

On or about July 10, 2013, the RN submitted to a follow-up employer-ordered drug test which returned positive for cocaine. She did not have a valid prescription for cocaine or a legitimate medical reason for using the drug.

The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding errors committed by an RN or LVN. Thus, she was called by the Board to defend against the case.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the LVN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse lawyer for various licensing cases for 16 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.