The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional RN and LVN in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a Houston RN lawyer. The complaint can be filed before the Texas Board of Nursing.
Two of the best examples include the following:
The first case happened on or about April 21, 2015, through April 26, 2015. While employed in a Rehabilitation Hospital, RN failed to administer, or document the administration of, scheduled medications, feedings, and saline flushes to several patients, as ordered by the physician.
Her conduct created an inaccurate medical record future providers would rely on, and it may have injured the patients in that failing to administer medications and treatments, as ordered, which could result in non-efficacious treatment.
On or about April 24, 2015, and April 25, 2015, while employed in the same rehab center, RN also failed to perform, or failed to document performing, blood sugar checks for two patients, as ordered by the physician.
The RN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record future providers would rely on, and it may have unnecessarily exposed the patients to risk of harm from undetected critical glucose levels.
In response to the complaints filed against her, the RN states that the med room had a dispensing system that required sign in with a fingerprint and then the screen was “tapped” for medicines to be pulled and did not consistently record the dispensing of medicine and the same person who pulled a medication was not always the person who administered it.
She further states that the patient was not even admitted until 4/23 and another nurse is documented as administering medications to that patient in addition to her.
The RN also states that with regard to the blood sugar checks, accuchecks were done by the CNAs who would report the results and the nurse would administer insulin based on the sliding scale. The actual blood sugar results are on a separate form which was not provided by the facility to the BON. Moreover, there are no records for the patient.
Unfortunately, the Texas BON found the RN guilty of violating the Texas Occupations Code. Her RN license could have been suspended. Fortunately, she was only issued a remedial education.
The second case happened on or about May 16, 2016. While employed in a Home Care facility, the RN inappropriately submitted twenty-one blank and incomplete home health visit notes for visits completed between May 10, 2016 and May 13, 2016 for multiple patients.
Subsequently, on or about May 30, 2016, while still employed in the same Home Care facility, the RN inappropriately submitted twelve blank and incomplete home health visit notes for visits completed between May 19, 2016 and May 20, 2016 for multiple patients.
Her conduct created incomplete medical records and was likely in the injure the patients in that subsequent care givers would not have complete information to base their decisions for further care.
In response to the case, the RN states she was ill for an extended period of time, so she was unable to complete her notes in a timely manner despite her attempts to do so. She further states she was even willing to forgo receiving compensation for this period until such time as she was able to fully complete and turn in the home health visit notes.
However, the RN states she was instructed to turn in the home health visit notes as they were. She explains that she thought turning in incomplete notes was an acceptable policy since other more experienced staff followed the same pattern.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty for the complaint against her. She lost the case simply because the RN failed to find an effective and efficient Houston RN lawyer.
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