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Overdose can be accidental or intentional. An overdose occurs when a person or a patient takes more than the medically prescribed dose. In nursing care, it is the duty of the assigned nurse to see to it that the administered medication correctly coincides with the physician’s order of dosage. However, if an RN neglected such duty or made a mistake during her or his shift, a patient’s life will be at risk. If an RN is accused and being summoned by the Board, a nurse attorney will be such a great help on the case.

An incident happened to an RN in 2020. At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN with a health care agency in Mission, Texas, and had been in that position for eleven (11) months.

On or about August 22, 2020, while working as an RN with a health care agency in Mission, Texas, RN incorrectly administered Norco 10 milligrams/325 milligrams via gastrostomy tube twice to a resident. The ordered dose for the Norco was 5 milligrams/325 milligrams. Additionally, RN incorrectly documented that he administered Norco 5/325 mg twice to the patient, when RN administered Norco 10/325 mg twice instead. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from medication administered non-efficaciously.

In response, RN states that the wrong dose of Norco was administered to the patient. RN states that the patient’s dose was continually changing and in the dispensing machine and the old dose had not been removed from the machine. RN states therefore the wrong dose was administered to the patient. RN states that the patient was made aware and no adverse reactions occurred due to the medication error.

The above actions constitute 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)(D) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).

However, without enough evidence to prove he’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed his 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.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.