An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in McKinney, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.
On or about December 23, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN documented verbal orders for Risperidone for the Patient without obtaining valid physician’s orders. The RN’s conduct was likely to deceive the facility and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patient. In addition, failure to administer medications as ordered by a physician could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions.
On or about December 23, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN administered Risperidone to a Patient without a valid physician’s order. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that the administration of Risperidone without a valid physician’s order could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions.
On or about January 9, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN inappropriately pulled a suction catheter from the trash can and used it to perform oral care on a Patient. Further, the RN admitted to the Human Resources Vice President, ICU Clinical Manager, and the ICU Director, that he used a suction catheter from the trash can to perform oral care on the patient. The RN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to the risk of harm.
In response, the RN states he received a verbal order for Risperidone. The RN admits he pulled a suction catheter from the trash can and used it on an intubated patient during oral care. The RN stated it was an emergency situation because the patient was choking and there weren’t any clean suction catheters in the room.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. The RN could have sought better assistance from an experienced nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanors outside or during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.