The role of a nurse is very essential in inpatient care. A patient’s recovery with long-term health outcomes is implicated by the quality of care that nurses give to their patients. Although they give such quality care, a lot of factors hinder nurses from giving such care. Sometimes nurses make mistakes in providing patient care which can be counted as a violation of the Nursing Practice Act or any related rules and regulations of nursing. If you are an RN and such a situation happens, always remember that a nurse attorney can help.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Mission, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about June 6, 2017, while employed as a Staff Nurse, the RN failed to perform an Independent Double Check with another Registered Nurse when preparing to administer chemotherapy. Instead, the RN removed the chemotherapy from the plastic cover and removed the cap on the blue port before she realized it was prescribed for a different patient. Subsequently, the chemotherapy bag was found in the medication room leaking on the counter, and down onto the floor. The RN created an unsafe environment and exposed others to risk of injury from the chemotherapy spill.
On or about September 7, 2017, the RN bypassed safety alerts of the Bar Code Scanning System when administering Lovenox to a patient. The RN administered 120mg of Lovenox instead of the 40mg ordered based on the patient’s platelet levels. The RN’s conduct was likely to harm the patient from excessive bleeding.
In response, the RN stated she removed the cap before realizing it was the incorrect bag, but she did not knowingly puncture the bag and she reasonably believed that the bag was intact when she placed it back on the shelf. And also the RN states she administered both doses of Lovenox because she did not recognize the order in Pyxis was written as an either/or dose, based on platelet count.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nursing Law Attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nursing Law Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced Texas Nurse Attorney, Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 200 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs over the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.