Documentations have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
On or about June 5th, 2007, through June 6, 2007, while employed in a medical facility in Fort Worth, the LVN failed to administer Metoclopramide Injection 10mg, Zosyn 2.25 gm/50ml, Regular Insulin Per sliding scale, Methylprednisolone 40mg, and Diltiazem 60mg to a patient, as ordered. Additionally, she failed to document the administration of Hydrocodone/APAP 7.5 mg/325mg tablets she removed from the Pyxis,” as required.
The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient which could result in inadequate medication or overdose. Furthermore, her failure to administer the medications could have resulted in the non-efficacious treatment for the patient.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
In response to the incident, the LVN states that at the time of the incident, the patient arrived at the floor without proper transfer orders. She adds that she did not intentionally fail to administer the medications, but was busy caring for a said patient who was vomiting. The LVN adds that since the incident, new unit transfer orders are now available. She also completed a three-week preceptorship for remediation.
However, the LVN failed to hire an effective nurse attorney to help her defend her side. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.