Whenever someone filed a complaint against you which involves false documentation, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Arlington, Texas is just one of the many examples.
At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a pediatric medical center in Arlington, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) years and nine (9) months.
On or about April 3, 2020, while working as an RN at a pediatric medical center in Arlington, Texas, RN failed to correctly administer an insulin intravenous (IV) drip to Patient CD, per physician orders. Specifically, RN mixed the insulin and hung it via piggyback to the patient’s intravenous site, rather than connected to an IV infusion pump, as required. There was not an intravenous pump in the patient’s room, so RN left to get one. When RN returned to the room, the insulin had been infused within minutes of RN hanging it. Subsequently, the patient, who was awaiting transfer to a higher level of care, had to receive additional testing and monitoring before the transfer could take place. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects of critically low blood glucose, including neurological damage and possible demise.
In response, RN states that while caring for this patient a medication error did occur. RN states that while preparing the patient for transport the physician ordered an insulin drip to be started. RN states that the insulin drip of one hundred (100) units of regular insulin was mixed with one hundred (100) milliliters of normal saline and spiked with primary tubing and hung in the patient’s room on an IV pole and tubing was connected to the patient, which was a mistake. RN states that he should have connected the tubing to the pump, then to the patient. RN states that he regrets connecting it the way he did while in a rush preparing for patient transport. RN states that he then had to leave the room to go find an IV pump, which was located on the other side of the hospital. RN states that upon returning to the room, it was noted that about half of the insulin bag had been infused. RN states that he immediately removed the tubing from the patient’s arm and took a syringe and withdrew what he could from the IV hub. RN states that he then yelled for the physician. RN states that the physician entered the room and orders for repeat labs in forty-five (45) minutes were received. RN states that the physician asked for the amount that was infused. RN states that he was unable to count the wastage on the floor after removing IV tubing from the hub, but that there were thirty (30) milliliters left in the bag itself. RN states that he and the physician both stayed in the patient’s room and assessed and monitored the patient for seizures or rhythm changes. RN states that after a one (1) hour hold for transport, labs were redrawn, and the patient was transferred for a higher level of care. RN states that a report was called to the hospital concerning the patient’s condition and they were notified of the medication error. RN states that the patient was not transferred due to the error, but due to the patient’s condition prior to the error. RN states that after the error was made, the patient was stable before transferring. RN states that he contacted his supervisor immediately and made a medication error report.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(M)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found him guilty of his deeds. His RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. He did not hire a skilled Texas nurse attorney to fully defend his case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is a dedicated nurse attorney who has helped represent more than 150 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An, 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.