Controlled Substances are illegal drugs. These are also used as prescription drugs that are regulated by the law. If an RN is accused of whatever use of the Controlled Substances, a criminal case will be filed against you. So, it is best to seek help from a nurse attorney, before the worst can happen to your license and career.
An incident happened on or about December 2, 2013, through March 31, 2017, while employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner and owner of a Medical Clinic in Sugar Land, Texas, the RN’s practice fell below the minimum standards of nursing practice in that he engaged in non-therapeutic prescribing practices. More specifically, the RN issued prescriptions for controlled substances to twenty (20) patients without conducting appropriate assessments to justify his prescribing practices. The RN continually prescribed controlled substances without regard to therapeutic benefit; failed to exhaust evidence-based, low-risk treatments before resorting to non-evidence-based, high-risk treatments; and failed to appropriately monitor the patients for aberrant, drug-taking behavior after repeatedly prescribing controlled substances to patients.
In response, the RN states he worked at the Medical Clinic from August 2012 through July 15, 2015. The RN states that the clinic provided medical care for an underserved area. During the period in question, the clinic’s patient load increased significantly because another clinic nearby closed its doors. Many patients were left without treating physicians and the clinic accepted scores of new patients. While at the clinic, the RN worked under the supervision of the medical director. The RN states that due to the volumes of patient complaints, an Addendum to the Prescriptive Authority was executed on July 20, 2014, that allowed providers to prescribe 90-day supplies of narcotics at the provider’s discretion. The RN states the clinic implemented several tools to monitor safe prescription practice, including sporadic urine drug screens, ordering of routine labs, close interaction with the medical director, execution of a Narcotic Agreement, monitoring the patient’s profiles through DPS, and referrals to specialists.
As a result of the RN’s unprofessional conduct and in violation of the Nursing Practice Act, the RN will be facing disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing and further sanction of suspension or revocation of a nursing license may apply if found guilty after several proceedings conducted by the Board. And if found guilty, the RN’s nursing license will be doomed.
The RN then lost the case for the reason that he failed to hire a reliable and experienced nurse attorney. Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 200 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An, 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579.