Nurses around the world are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism. They are also expected to exhibit honesty, accuracy, and integrity in the provision of nursing care. But once an RN does unprofessional conduct, the Board has jurisdiction over this matter and can put an RN into disciplinary action. This can be prevented if the RN will hire a nurse attorney for the defense.
An incident happened on or about April 5, 2019, May 16, 2019, and May 17, 2019, while employed as a
Registered Nurse at a medical facility in Waco, Texas, the RN failed to administer one (1) injection of Morphine 2mg and seventy-five (75) micrograms of Fentanyl as ordered by a physician in that the patients did not meet the pain scale criteria of the physician’s order. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medications as ordered by a physician could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions.
On or about May 21, 2019, through June 18, 2019, the RN failed to document four (4) follow-up pain assessments for patients under her care. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.
Another incident happened on or about May 22, 2019, the RN withdrew two (2) tabs of Hydrocodone 5/325mg from the medication dispensing system for the patient in the excess frequency of the physician’s order. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that the administration of medications in the excess frequency of the physician’s order could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions. Additionally, the RN placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
While on or about June 13, 2019, the RN falsely documented the administration of point two (.2) milligrams of Hydromorphone to a patient in that the medication pull was canceled and the patient reported refusing the medication. Her conduct created an inaccurate medical record and failure to administer medications as ordered by the physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
In response to the above incidents, the RN states that the system prompted users to assess pain levels when a patient receives pain medication, so it is very difficult to not follow the appropriate procedure for pain assessments. And that the RN denies the allegation and states the patient refused medication, so she wasted the medication and she informed the charge nurse of the refusal.
As a conclusion to the above incidents, and given that the Board has the jurisdiction over this matter, the RN was put into disciplinary action. If facing allegations, it is best to seek a nurse attorney for the defense and for dealing with such allegations.
So if you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process. You can contact The Law Office of RN License Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.