A nurse attorney should be hired at all times whenever you undergo a case that may affect your RN license. This is what an RN from Houston should have done when she received a complaint regarding a minor error at her work. Take note that the Texas Board of Nursing can settle matters with a nurse attorney if one is present with the respondent during a case.
The error of the RN’s work occurred on May 3, 2016, when she received a verbal order to withdraw and administer Diazepam for a patient. She was successful in doing so but forgot to put everything on the Medication Administration Records or the nurse’s notes. Thus, there were no details on the exact amount of medication the RN has applied to the patient.
The resulting error of the RN’s actions can likely cause further injury to the patient. The lack of report regarding the dosage administered may also cause adverse effects to the patient, as the amount might have been more than the ordered dosage by the physician. The RN’s conduct could have placed the hospital under violation should anything happens to the patient.
Upon further investigation, the Texas Board of Nursing summoned the RN to defend against her case. She stated that she got used to her old habits in her previous employer, especially when it comes to verbal orders. However, she stated that she is doing her best to improve her working habits with zero discrepancies.
The RN also sent a written counseling form before the Board, which supports her improvement at work. The form stated that she is also making good progress and is making a genuine effort to improve her documentation. She also stated that the patient was not harmed after the result of her actions, indicating that she could have administered the correct dosage.
But despite her claims, the Texas Board of Nursing still placed her under disciplinary action. She could have hired an attorney for the case to ensure that her defense will prove that she is sincerely improving her duties as an RN in her new employer.
Minor errors at the hospital could be handled properly with an experienced nurse attorney. That’s why it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney who handled various nurse cases since 2006. For more information or for a confidential consultation, you may contact him at (832)-428-5679.