The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving LVN or RN nurses in Texas. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the state of Texas. Any LVN nurse who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines. As a matter of fact, the nursing license can even be suspended or revoked.
This is the reason why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence or disobedience on the part of a licensed nurse is never excused. In the case of a nurse named Patrick, he was not expecting that his practice would come to an end soon. In one case decided by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), the said governmental agency ordered the revocation of his license with finality.
Patrick is an LVN nurse who obtained his nursing license in the early 2000. Right after passing the board examination, he started to work in an institution providing for home health care. One day, he received a notice from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Through that letter, he was informed that a case was filed against him for failure to act accordingly as a vocational nurse.
The complaint stated that he failed to provide a safe environment for his patient in that she left the keys to the medication cart at the nurse’s station, in an unlocked drawer, without notifying her supervisor another nurse. This act of the LVN nurse was a clear violation of the protocol observed by the employees of the facility where he was employed. In the case filed against him, it was clearly stated that the LVN nurse’s conduct was likely to injure the residents and staff in that it created an unsafe environment and may have unnecessarily exposed the patients and staff to emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm.
Instead of sending a reply to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), Alex simply disregarded the notice. He did not do anything to respond nor to defend himself. Because of this, the Board decided to make an adverse licensure action. He was ordered to stop practicing his profession and to temporarily surrender the nursing license. According to the order, the suspension will only be lifted upon showing to the Board that he has complied with certain requirements concerning his case.
The best thing that Patrick should have done was to contact the best nursing defense attorney in Texas. The suspension of his license was a result of his failure to act on the complaint filed against him. If you have received a letter from the Texas BON for use of drugs/alcohol or any other offense, it is best to consult an experienced Texas Nurse Defense Attorney who can guide you on the steps you need to take to protect your nursing license. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.