Every prescribed or administered medication of patients should be accurately and completely documented. Also, it is very important that all medications should be administered to the patients correctly. However, if an RN made a mistake in prescribing or administering the medication and failed to document this mistake, he/she will be facing disciplinary action from the Board. If this happens, an RN should seek help from a nurse attorney.
At the time of the incident, RN was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a medical facility in Richardson, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) years and nine (9) months.
On or about November 4, 2020, while employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a medical facility in Richardson, Texas, RN submitted the wrong dosage information to the pharmacy when he prescribed antibiotics for the patient, whom RN had assessed for an infected wound. In addition, RN failed to notify the pharmacy regarding the error when he re-submitted the prescription in order to correct the dosage error. Subsequently, the patient received the prescription for double-strength Bactrim with instructions to take two tablets two times a day, instead of one tablet two times a day. Thereafter, the patient experienced side effects, developed hives, and was seen in the emergency room. RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to the risk of harm from the adverse effects of ingesting the incorrect dose for an antibiotic for her infection.
In response, RN states the initial prescription was e-prescribed at 6:57 p.m. RN states after looking over his documentation, he realized the initial prescription was sent in error. A second and correct e-prescription was submitted at 7:00 pm. RN states that usually the pharmacy would contact the office and ask which prescription they were to fill, since they were sent three minutes apart. RN states that he never received such a call, so he assumed they filled the second script since it was more in line with the treatment for cellulitis.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(P)&(4)(B).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN enough time to defend the complaints filed against him. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle his case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the RN’s license under disciplinary action.
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