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Texas nurse practitioner's license temporarily suspended

Two-hundred and fifty miles east of Austin sits the Texas city of Nederland on the border with Louisiana. A nurse practitioner there recently had his license suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.

The nurse practitioner worked at a hormone therapy clinic. The board found that he failed to meet the standard of care in his treatment of 11 patients there. The three-member panel voted unanimously to suspend his license pending a probable cause hearing by the State Office of Administrative Hearings scheduled next month.

The board said in its order of temporary suspension that a 12-year-old patient was misdiagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease and was then administered inappropriate thyroid hormone treatment.

The treatment resulted in thyrotoxicosis (overproduction of thyroid hormone), which then necessitated endocrinologist intervention.

The board also found that the nurse practitioner inappropriately prescribed testosterone and thyroid hormone treatments for three patients that resulted in heart issues requiring hospitalization of all three.

The board also says that inappropriate treatment resulted in another patient suffering stroke.

This is the second nurse practitioner employed at the Nederland facility to have their license suspended.

The behavior of the two practitioners "constitutes a continuing and imminent threat to the public health and safety," the board stated.

The Austin health care law firm of Rivas Goldstein LLP, provides nurses and physicians with vigorous defense against a wide range of misconduct allegations that include failure to adequately maintain patient records, alcohol violations, unprofessional conduct, drug diversion, failure to maintain the proper standard of care and more.

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