Following a facility’s policy and procedures is very important as well as doing proper documentation. If not done properly and accurately, it can put a patient in harm. Therefore, every RN should practice keeping accurate and complete medical records for documentation purposes. Inaccurate documentation can lead to and can cause negative outcomes. If you are in such a situation, it is best to consult a nurse attorney to know what proper measures to take in facing cases.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in McKinney, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) months.
On or about April 25, 2018, through May 12, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN withdrew three (3) syringes of Morphine 2mg, nine (9) injections of Fentanyl 50mcg, and two (2) injections of Midazolam 2mg from the medication dispensing system for two patients, but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures for wastage and documenting wastage of unused portions of the medications, The RN’s conduct failed to account for medications and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of’ the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In response, the RN states that because she did not waste the medication within the required time frame of the facility, she inaccurately documented the wastage; The RN “incorrectly believed that she had wasted certain medications and recorded that wastage into the corresponding withdrawal of medication column when in fact this was not the case”. The RN regrets the error, recognizes the inadvertent mistake and accepts responsibility. The RN states that the medications were administered as documented.
However, with enough and sufficient evidence, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 200 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579.