The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN or LVN nurses. The Board has the power to reprimand the nurses for any violation of the administrative rules and regulations that every nurse is bound to follow. Aside from this, it also has the power to order the suspension or cancellation and revocation of a nursing license. When facing allegations of negligence at work, a nurse attorney is crucial to defend your license.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Bryan, Texas, and had been in that position for fifteen (15) years and one (1) month.
On or about June 12, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Bryan, Texas, RN failed to properly label and administer intravenous medications to a patient in that RN mislabeled the intravenous tubing for Pitocin and Lactated Ringers. In addition, the Lactated Ringers was infusing via the infusion pump at the titrated Pitocin rate, while the Pitocin was infusing without the use of an infusion pump at an unknown rate. Later in the shift, while RN was on a break, another nurse provided care to the patient, who requested an epidural. The other nurse opened the line RN had labelled “LR” by opening the roller clamp in order to administer a fluid bolus in preparation for the patient’s receipt of the epidural but realized that the tubing marked “LR” was actually the medication, Pitocin; thus, the other nurse administered an intravenous bolus of Pitocin. Subsequently, the patient’s fetus experienced a prolonged deceleration, but recovered. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to correctly administer medications could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
In response, RN states that it was a very busy morning, and she does not know how she put a lactated ringers label on the Pitocin line. RN states that she was very sorry and did not know how this accident occurred.
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)(M)&(1)(C) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(B)&(4).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
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