A nurse attorney should be hired at all times whenever you undergo a case, whether a civil or a criminal case, that may affect your RN license. This is what an RN from Abilene should have done when facing a criminal case and is affecting her license and work. Take note that the Texas Board of Nursing can settle matters with a nurse attorney if one is present with the respondent during a case.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Pasadena, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eight (8) months.
On or about November 30, 2019, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Pasadena, Texas, RN engaged in the intemperate use of Morphine in that she produced a specimen for a reasonable suspicion urine drug screen which resulted positive for Morphine. Possession of Morphine is prohibited by Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code. The use of Morphine by a Registered Nurse, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in the patients’ conditions, and could impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In response to the above incident, RN states that the drug screen presented a false positive because she did not take any Morphine. Additionally, the RN states she was taking Hydrocodone for back pain, and Hydrocodone did not show up on the drug screen.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(9),(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B), (1)(E), (4), (5), (6)(G), (8), (10)(A), (10)(C), (10)(D), (10)(E)&(11)(B).
A case was ultimately filed against her before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The said allegation was fatal to the RN’s capability to perform the essential functions and duties. Sad to say, the nursing defense attorney who handled her case was not able to properly defend her interests and rights before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the offense alleged in the complaint and decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against 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 attorneys who helped represent more than 200 nurse cases for the past 16 years. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.