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An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that the RN from El Paso committed in 2012 was one of those examples.

From about May 1, 2010, through March 1, 2012, while employed as a Family Nurse in a private medical facility in El Paso, the RN practice fell below the minimum standards of nursing practice in that she engaged in non-therapeutic prescribing practices affecting ten (10) patients. She allegedly failed to conduct appropriate assessments to justify her prescribing practices and/or failed to explore/order other treatment options in lieu of continuing to prescribe controlled substances to the patients month after month.

Further, the RN failed to collaborate, and/or failed to document collaboration in the patients’ medical records, with a delegating/collaborating physician, as required. The RN’s conduct falls below the minimum applicable standard of care.

In response to the incidents, the RN acknowledges that she could have documented more accurately, but states that she believes that she appropriately treated patients seen in the pain clinic for the conditions with which they presented.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanor outside or during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.