You can actually receive the best defense possible through a nurse attorney even if you commit a small mistake at work. This is what a certain RN should have done when she faced a complaint from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) regarding a very minimal mistake that she committed during her shift.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Irving, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years.
On or about October 19, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to properly label a syringe containing insulin with the identifier of the intended patient, furthermore, the RN left the unlabeled syringe exposed and in plain view on her workstation. The RN’s conduct left the medication unsecured and subject to misappropriation and/or diversion.
On or about February 10, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN withdrew Propofol from the Medication Dispensing System for the Patient, however, the RN failed to administer the medication after transporting the patient for a diagnostic procedure. Furthermore, the RN failed to take precautions to appropriately safeguard the medication instead, leaving the Propofol unattended in a treatment room. The RN’s conduct left the medication unsecured and subject to misappropriation and/or diversion.
In response to the incidents, the RN states she did have a syringe of insulin on her personal mobile workstation while preparing a patient for discharge. The RN also states a misunderstanding of facility labeling procedures was the root cause of the syringe not being labeled in accordance with hospital standards. Additionally, the RN states the Propofol was taken along during patient transport as the neurologist wanted it administered en route. The RN also states the Propofol was returned to the unit charge nurse and appropriately wasted.
However, her lack of an experienced nurse attorney to properly defend her case led to the suspension of her license.
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