Accusations and complaints from work could be a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges and failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it was the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
At the time of the incidents, an RN was employed as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at a hospital in Amarillo, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and six (6) months.
On or about July 17, 2019, through July 25, 2019, while employed as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, the RN incorrectly prescribed the patient’s Nature Thyroid thirty (30) milligrams daily, though the patient had normal thyroid levels. Specifically, the patient was treated based on the clinic’s protocols rather than her actual condition which is not the standard of care. Additionally, the said RN failed to document a complete physical exam at the time of the patient’s initial clinic visit. The RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to risk of harm from medication administered according to protocols rather than actual patient needs.
An incident happened on or about July 17, 2019, through July 25, 2019, while employed as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Patient MG was given testosterone pellets by the RN who administered them wrongly. Testosterone pellets are not FDA-approved for female hormone replacement. The RN treated the patient based on a single laboratory result, instead of repeating the test and discussing treatment options with the patient. Subsequently, the patient was seen by another provider and found to have significantly elevated testosterone levels. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from a lack of appropriate medical care.
In light of the occurrence, the RN states that the patient had a BioTE consultation and completed pre-procedure labs and forms. According to the RN, the lab work showed that the patient had low levels of Vitamin D and she was recommended to take BioTE ADK. The RN added that the lab work also showed that the patient had elevated levels of TPO antibodies. The RN reports that based on the patient’s lab work and reported symptoms, which included moderate depression, moderate hair loss, moderate mood changes, and moderate intolerance to cold temperature, MG was prescribed NP Thyroid 30mg, and she was advised to start a thyroid support supplement in accordance with BioTE protocol. The said RN also stated that the recommendations were provided to MG in her discharge summary paperwork. The RN stated that the patient also received BioTE pellets on July 25, 2019, which were inserted under her Respondent states that she was given the proper dosage based on her lab results, reported symptoms, age, and weight in accordance with BioTE recommendations. The RN also mentioned that the patient was advised to return for a follow-up appointment within 4-6 weeks to undergo new lab work. According to the RN, lab work is important to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. In addition, the RN said that the patient was informed of the importance to comply with her follow-up appointment, especially if her symptoms were not relieved. The RN also states that the patient had a scheduled follow-up, but failed to show up for the appointment.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to give her a fair chance to defend her case. She was given the chance to defend herself at the Board.
However, the Texas Board of Nursing states that the RN’s conduct created an unsafe environment and unnecessarily exposed the patient to the risk of injury.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the complaint against her and her RN license was suspended. She lost the case simply because the RN failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation