A disciplinary proceeding that involves the acts or omissions of a RN or LVN nurse is under the jurisdiction of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Any party who wants to file a case against the nurse has the duty to present the necessary evidence to prove his allegations. In the absence of the required proof, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may rule in favor of the nurse. Once a case has been filed, it is important that the defendant must be served with a written notice of the facts and conduct alleged to warrant adverse licensure action to the RN or LVN nurse.
There are different cases that are filed every single day before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). In these cases, the assistance of a lawyer is really necessary in order to ensure that the rights of the nurse involved are protected. At the same time, the lawyer can also help in rebutting all the allegations of the complainant. Sad to say, many nurses fail to see the significant role that the nursing defense attorney in the hearing of their cases. As a result, they end up waiving the right to be represented by a counsel.
This is exactly what happened in the administrative complaint involving a vocational nurse named Michelle. While employed with a home health center in Texas, the LVN nurse was assigned to provide nursing care to a particular patient. While she was on duty, she engaged in the intemperate use of methamphetamine. This was revealed because she admitted to such intemperate use to her community supervision officer. It must be noted that Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code prohibits the possession of methamphetamine.
The law strictly prohibits the use methamphetamine by a RN or LVN nurse, while subject to call or duty. Such act could impair the nurse’s ability to recognized subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the patient’s condition. At the same time, it could also impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessment, judgemnts, and decision regarding patient care
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found him guilty for improper conduct. Although the order was only for a suspension for a short period of time, it still affected the RN nurse’s employment. For the period of suspension, she was not allowed to engage in any nursing care jobs. Because of this, she lost a lot of potential income.
Make sure that you will not make the same mistake that Mitch did in his case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.