If you have been reported and have received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, seeking and hiring a nurse attorney is the solution for that. This should be the first thing to do for an RN or an LVN before facing the case they are in.
An incident happened on or about May 23, 2019, through May 24, 2019, while employed at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, the RN withdrew Ativan 2mg/ml for the patient from the medication dispensing system twice during his shift, and each time, the RN bypassed safety steps prompting him to waste the excess medication. The RN administered Ativan 2mg intravenously at 2254 and 0504 to the patient, instead of 0.5-1mg as ordered by the physician.
Subsequently, the patient became over-sedated and developed respiratory acidosis. The RN’s act was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects of an overdose of Ativan, including sedation and respiratory depression.
Another incident happened on or about May 23, 2019, through May 24, 2019. He failed to accurately and completely assess and/or document the assessment for the patient before and after the administration of intravenous Ativan at 2254 and 0504. His conduct was likely to injure the patient from clinical care decisions based on incomplete assessment information.
In response to the incidents mentioned above, the RN states that being new to the unit was overwhelming, busy, and stressful. The patient was detoxing and also states that he gave him Ativan for his anxiety, and to decrease the stress on his body.
The RN states the Pyxis usually asks to waste now or waste later when you have an ordered dose that is less than supply, but he did not see this option when he removed Ativan, nor when he scanned the medication. Later, the patient kept trying to get out of bed and gave another dose. The RN did not check the dosing order. He states that with the stress of being new to the floor and patient acuity, he lost focus and did not check and recheck orders. Formal charges were filed against the RN.
Therefore, the RN’s actions were the reason that the Board has decided to put her into disciplinary action. His actions were a violation of the nursing practice cause pursuant to Section 301.452(b) (10}&(13), Texas Occupations Code.
The RN has failed to hire a nurse attorney to fully defend his case that had led to the outcome decided by the Texas Board of Nursing.
If you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process, you may 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 a nurse attorney.