Maintaining optimal physical and mental health is crucial for RNs to effectively carry out their daily tasks. The well-being of an RN significantly influences their ability to interact with and provide proper care to their patients. Unfortunately, some RNs disregard this essential aspect and show up for work in an unstable condition, jeopardizing both their patients and professional standing. It is important to remember that in situations where accusations arise, such as a lack of fitness to practice, RNs can always turn to a dependable nurse attorney for assistance.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Amarillo, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.
On or about December 4, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Amarillo, Texas, RN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that he exhibited signs of impaired behavior, including, but not limited to driving poorly on the facility grounds, hitting traffic cones, a sign, and a trash can with his vehicle, inability to hold items in his hands, unsteadiness, rigidity, and slow speech. RN’s condition could have affected his ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patients’ conditions, and could have affected his ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgements, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In response, RN denies the allegation. RN states three hours into his shift, he submitted to a sobriety field test at the request of the nursing supervisor and nurse manager and the nurses concluded that they saw no indication of impairment and they left his office. RN states he continued to work until his meal break. RN states he was driving a rental car and was unaware of the clearance and brushed a trash can with a Stop sign in it. The security kiosk person asked if he was alright, to which RN said “fine, and why?” and they told him he hit the trash can, to which RN stated he had brushed it with his mirror. RN states he went back to work and was again approached by the nursing supervisor, who stated the security guard had reported that he had hit a cone. RN explained what had happened. RN states the second approach angered him, so he decided to resign. RN states when he was gathering his belongings, he was holding a small heater by the cord, which unraveled and fell to the ground.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10),(12)&(13) Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(B)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4)&(5).
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend his side but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help him with his case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place his RN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from 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. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON