A controlled substance is a drug that is tightly controlled or regulated by the Controlled Substance Act because for the reason that it can be abused or even caused addiction. If such a drug is administered incorrectly without a valid order from a physician or unlawful possession of such substance can bring great harm to a patient. The RN will be held accountable for it. If such a mistake happens, you should always consider having a nurse attorney for the defense.
At the time of the incidents, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Abilene, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
An incident happened on or about August 8, 2019, the RN engaged in the intemperate and/or unlawful use of cocaine and morphine in that she produced a specimen for a reasonable suspicion drug screen that resulted positive for cocaine and morphine. Unlawful possession of cocaine and morphine is prohibited by Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health & Safety Code. The use of cocaine and morphine by a Nurse, while subject to call or duty, could unpaired the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in a 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 a patient in potential danger.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action against the RN in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(9)&(10), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(4),(5),10)(A), (1 0)(D) &(1 1B).
The RN could have received a different ending result if he had consulted and ask assistance from a nurse attorney. But he failed to hire a nurse attorney that has led to the decision of the Texas Board of Nursing.
Regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who have helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.