Documentations have been a signature specialty of a 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 December 16, 2005, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a medical facility in Houston, the LVN misappropriated Versed and Demerol from the hospital and patients thereof, 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, she 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.
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 LVN attended for her career’s security.
However, the LVN failed to hire an effective nurse attorney to help her defend her side. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a 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 Texas 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.