A registerd nurse that has cared for patients at Christus Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler and at Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital in Tyler faces criminal charges. He is accused of intentionally introducing air into the patients' circulatory systems. This can lead to an air embolism and cause a stroke.
A registered nurse (RN) out of Texas is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing morphine.
It seems astonishing to even consider, but many nurses and other professionals with student loan debt in Texas could lose their licenses to work if they fall into trouble with that debt. The idea is that if nurses know their job is at risk, they will find a way to pay that debt.
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.
In the Sunset Committee's most recent review of the Board of Nursing, it was established that Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) is too rigid and cannot be modified depending on the specific needs of a nurse.
The Board of Nursing underwent review by the Sunset Advisory Commission during the 85th legislative session, and it was determined that SIGNIFICANT CHANGES be implemented to the Board of Nursing's rules.
It may seem easy to lose a nursing license, but the truth of the matter is that it is extremely difficult. There are processes in place to give nurses the benefit of the doubt and help them retain their documentation. From honest mistakes to total crimes, nurses have lost their licenses in a number of ways.
Your work as a nurse can be hectic and stressful at the best of times. When a difficult job becomes too much, it might be tempting to snap at others. You might even entertain the notion of taking your frustration out on someone who is unable to fight back or is unaware of any potential misconduct. While you may never act on these thoughts, it is important for you and other nurses in Texas to understand the potential consequences of unprofessional conduct.
When nurses do their job well, patients are often appreciative. Many express their gratitude through tokens of thanks such as homemade cookies or a heartfelt letter. These gifts are probably fine to accept and can be a big part of what keeps nurses showing up day after day in a stressful job.
You do good work as a nurse. Every day you go to your job to save lives and make a measurable difference in the world. Despite your hard and admirable work, you can face disciplinary action and risk losing your license if you are not careful.