A skilled and knowledgeable nurse attorney can provide utmost assistance over cases such as misappropriation of medication that you may deny committing. However, a lack of a nurse attorney could subject you and your license to any possible sanction depending on the severity of your misconduct.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Odessa, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eleven (11) months.
On or about February 3, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to correctly perform the dual sign-off of Heparin in the medical record of the Patient. Additionally, the RN falsely documented that he hung a new bag of Heparin when the patient arrived from another hospital; instead, he continued infusing the bag of Heparin that was hanging when the patient arrived via EMS. The conduct of the said RN resulted in an inaccurate medical record and unnecessarily exposed the patient to risk of harm from medication administered without the benefit of proper verification.
In response to the occurrence that happened, the said RN that in order for a dual sign-off to occur in the EPIC charting system, the Heparin infusing from the outside hospital would have to be scanned prompting for a password, and could not be scanned because the label was not compatible with scanning apparatus and would not be recognized by the system. Moreover, a dual sign-off could not be effectuated without a written physician order in the system. Around midnight, when the ord concentration in a scannable bag finally arrived from the pharmacy, he scanned the medication to prompt the initiation of the infusion in the charting system and onto the MAR. The RN further asserts that at this time, based on PTT lab results, the Heparin still infusing from the outside facility was titrated according to protocol and that the correctly calculated dosage was infusing. A dual sign-off took place once a written order was in the EPIC system.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the accusation against her. She lost the case simply because the RN failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney.
However, she should contact a nurse attorney in order to receive assistance regarding the case, especially if the RN sincerely thinks of it as an accusation.
For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced and the right nurse attorney for your case. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney which helped RNs and LVNs defend against several cases since 2006. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.