Your license is one of RN’s most valuable assets. You need to protect your license as well as your right to practice as best as you can. If you are summoned to appear before a licensing board regarding a disciplinary incident, you will need an experienced nurse attorney who knows how to properly handle nurse cases.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN with a healthcare and rehabilitation services provider in Fort Worth, Texas, and had been in that position for twenty-two (22) days.
On or about August 27, 2019, through September 22, 2019, while employed as an RN with a healthcare and rehabilitation services provider in Fort Worth, Texas, RN’s practice fell below the minimum standards in that she engaged in non-therapeutic prescribing practices. During this time period, RN issued Carisoprodol (Soma) to twenty (20) different patients, who were simultaneously receiving Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) from her delegating physician, thus creating dangerous drug cocktails. Dangerous drug cocktails are combinations of controlled substances, including but not limited to, Soma and Norco, that have greater risks than therapeutic benefits when taken together. The patients were prescribed combinations of Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants in identical or nearly identical doses, quantities, and maximum strengths, indicating a failure to individually assess each patient and develop a treatment plan in response to each patient’s individualized assessment. This type of prescribing falls below the standard of care in that the combination of Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants in such unsupported quantities has greater risks than therapeutic benefits.
In response, RN states the standard of care was incorporated each time she provided care to a patient, including completing full assessments, providing individualized treatment modalities, drug testing, and signing pain management contracts. RN states she had questions about the prescribing of Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen by her delegating physician and she eventually ended her employment with the clinic.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(M),(1)(N),(1)(P),(1)(Q), (1)(R),(1)(T),(4)(A)&(4)(B) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B), (1)(E)&(4); 221.13(a),(b)&(e); 222.4(a) and 222.8(a)&(b).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
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