Whenever an RN finds herself in such a situation subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing, she will need to find the best nurse attorney in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her RN license. Otherwise, the Board of Nursing may find her guilty in the administrative case and order for the revocation of her license.
The disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nurse (BON) is an administrative proceeding wherein LVN / RN are charged for the commission of an offense or violation of certain state laws.
One perfect example of this happened to an RN in San Antonio, Texas. At the time of the incident, the RN was employed in a medical center and had been in the position for thirteen months.
On or about November 22, 2015 through December 13, 2015, the RN withdrew three syringes of Morphine 1Omg, two syringes of Morphine 4mg, and one syringe of Morphine 5mg, from the medication dispensing system for patients but failed to document and completely and accurately document the administration of the of the Morphine in the patient’s Medication Administration Records and nurses’ notes. She also failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. Subsequently, she withdrew the aforementioned medications from the medication dispensing system without a valid physician’s order. Additionally, the RN withdrew the medications from the medication dispensing system for patients in excess frequency and dosage of the physicians’ order.
The RN said that there was room for improvement with her charting. However, she states there was never a question of whether patients received their medications. She also states there were times that she made a mistake by throwing the vial into the sharp’s bin. She further adds she has no excuse, it was a busy time and it seemed like they were always short staffed.
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing finds that the RN’s conduct not only was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, her conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code. Furthermore, her conduct left medications unaccounted for, and was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, was likely to injure the patients, in that the administration of the medications without a valid physician’s order could result in the patients suffering from adverse reactions. The Texas Board of Nursing also finds that her conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
Due to the series of events happened, the RN’s license was suspended and disciplined.
She failed to justify her case to the Texas Board of Nursing by not hiring a nurse attorney that will properly defend her.
Avoid committing the same mistake she did. If you’re looking for a nurse attorney, immediately contact the office of nurse Attorney Yong J. An by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679.