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An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an RN committed on October 17, 2006, was one of those examples.

On or about October 17, 2006, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in Houston, the RN falsified the monthly Combined Adult/Pedi Comprehensive Emergency Cart Checklist for the month of September in that she indicated that she had inspected the crash cart on September 30, 2006. Her conduct was deceptive and resulted in an inaccurate record.

In response to the incident, the RN states that she was assigned the task of checking the Emergency Cart Checklist in September 2006. She states that she had delegated the task to an LVN and failed to follow up on the matter. The LVN states that she was approached by the nurse manager and was instructed to fix the situation because they were about to undergo an accreditation survey. She states that she misunderstood the nurse manager’s directive. She states that she resigned in lieu of termination.

The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding errors committed by an RN or LVN. Thus, she was called by the Board to defend against the case.

The RN stated that she mistakenly applied blood pressure medications to the wrong patient within a room for four patients. Upon noticing her error, she immediately notified a charge nurse of the situation, which then notified the physician. The physician then instructed another nurse to monitor the patient.

Afterward, the physician applied the correct medication needed for the patient, as well as the urgent treatment of fluid resuscitation. The patient was given 500 mL bolus, and nothing else followed after the administration of medications.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse lawyer for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.