Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence at work, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Houston, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who found to be negligent while on duty.
On or about November 6, 2016, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in Houston, the RN inappropriately left Gabapentin, Morphine, Senna, and Colace, unattended and at the bedside of a patient.
Subsequently, the patient’s daughter found the medication left in a cup on the bedside table. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medications as ordered by the physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
On or about April 5, 2017, the RN administered Magnesium Sulfate to a patient at an incorrect rate. The Magnesium Sulfate was ordered to be administered intravenously over two (2) hours, and she administered the medication in less than one (1) hour.
Additionally, the RN inappropriately ran the medication directly to the patient’s peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line, failing to place the tubing in the programmed intravenous (IV) pump. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from potentially adverse complications related to the incorrectly administered medication.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side.
During the hearing, the RN states that she was giving the patient his medication and thought that he had taken everything from the cup when she had a call that another of her patients was calling for help. She left the patient thinking that he had taken all of the medication.
Further, the RN states that she had been floated to a different floor. She states that she went to the patient’s room, scanned the patient and the Magnesium Sulfate, flushed the PICC line with normal saline, and then noticed there was no IV pump in the room. The RN states that she turned off the flow of the medication and left the room to obtain an IV pump from the supply room; however, another nurse let her know that her patient in a different room had been calling for her. She states that she immediately went to see that patient, and then returned to the other patient with the IV pump. She states that she noticed that the medication was almost finished.
The RN states she realized that she had not completely turned off the tubing. She states that she realized what she did was wrong and she knows that she is supposed to use an IV pump to administer Magnesium Sulfate over two (2) hours.
However, the RN failed to hire an experienced and good nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the RN.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579