The work that nurses do is often unappreciated. And sometimes, a bit of negligence could lead to a more serious scenario such as filing a suit against them. If this happens to an RN, they should know how to protect and defend themselves. If not properly defended by a Houston nurse lawyer, their license could even be suspended or revoked.
A perfect example of this incident happened to an RN in Texas when she was disciplined for negligence.
On or about March 3, 2019, the RN administered in error 10mg of Methadone to a patient in an excess dosage of the physician’s order. Further, the RN failed to document the medication error in the medical record and also failed to notify the physician of the medication error. Her conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from adverse reactions, including sedation or respiratory distress.
On the same day, the RN failed to completely and accurately report and document events during skilled nursing visits with a patient; including, patient status, patient allergies, nursing interventions, physician notifications, and physician orders for antibiotic medications. Her conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response to the incident, the RN states she mistakenly administered Methadone to the patient instead of Morphine. She also states she did not notice the medication error until the next morning. The RN further states another nurse agreed to notify the physician about the medication error.
In response to the other incident, the RN states she made a prior home that same evening. She also states when she contacted the physician during the second visit, she did not have the correct on-call summary sheet because of the prior visit. She also states she retrieved the correct on-call summary sheet from her vehicle, contacted the physician again, and relayed the necessary information. She states orders were received and carried out.
However, without valid evidence and a good nurse attorney to help her defend her side, the RN was disciplined by the Texas Board of Nursing.
This is just one of the many causes why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence, disobedience, or any form of offense on the part of an RN or LVN is never excused.
If someone filed a case against you, you will need a Houston nurse lawyer to handle your case. Any type of accusation can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact Houston nurse lawyer Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.