If you have been summoned and have received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case about controlled substances or a complaint filed against you, seeking and hiring a nurse attorney is the solution for that. This should be the first thing to do for an RN or an LVN before facing the case they are in.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) month.
An incident happened on or about September 17, 2018, November 2, 2018, and November 7, 2018, when an RN withdrew one (1) syringe of Morphine 4mg/ml for Patient 1, two (2) tablets of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen 5/325mg for Patient 2, and two (2) syringes of Morphine 2mg/ml for Patient 3 from the medication dispensing but failed to document and/or accurately and completely document the administration of the medication in the patients’ Medication Administration Record (MAR) and/or Nurses’ Notes. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, the RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
On or about September 17, 2018, November 2, 2018, and November 7, 2018, the RN withdrew one (1) syringe of Morphine 4mg/ml for the Patient, two (2) tablets of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen 5/325mg for and two (2) syringes of Morphine 2mg/ml for another 3 patients from the medication dispensing but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. The RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In response, the RN denies failing to document and failing to waste. And also states that if there were any issues, they were a result of medications not being scanned due to faulty scanners. The RN states, however, that in most cases he wrote a note in the nurses’ notes saying that medication was given and the scanners were not functioning.
The RN was disciplined by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) because of the incident. A controlled substance case can be dealt with with the help of an experienced nurse attorney. A nurse attorney can help you prove your innocence against the accusation cases that you are in.
Having a nurse attorney can help you solve your case or can be your defense against complaints, allegations, and accusation cases. If you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process, you can contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.