Negligence at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges and failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, an RN from San Angelo failed to do this. This results in disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Always keep in mind that the Texas Board of Nursing handles all of the cases that may affect the license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with a right nurse attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the nurse’s favor, especially if the RN or LVN has a good defense against the case.
At the time of the incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in San Angelo, the RN, and had been in that position for seven years and one month.
On or about August 1, 2018, through August 31, 2018, the RN failed to administer Hydrocodone/APAP to patients as ordered by a physician. More specifically, the RN administered Hydrocodone/APAP to patients noted as being asleep and with a documented pain score of zero despite the physician’s order stating to administer the medication for a pain score of 1-5 or 6-10. Her conduct was likely to injure the patients in that failure to administer medication as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
In response to the incident, the RN takes full responsibility for her actions. She states it was her practice to review her patients’ charts and visit with each of them at the beginning of her shift to discuss their care. The RN states she always asked the patients if they want to be woken up to take their scheduled pain medication. She states the patients who were documented as being asleep responded that they wanted to be woken up to take their scheduled pain medication because they did not want to be in pain.
The RN states she had been told by physicians to give the patients their pain medication as scheduled even if their pain level was zero, so long as it was scheduled and they requested it.
Therefore, the Board decided to extend her disciplinary proceedings for several more years to ensure that she will perform even better in the future.
If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. San Angelo nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 16 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.