Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a Texas nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke, suspend, or only discipline their license. Take note that a Texas BON attorney can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a school in Galveston, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) years and five (5) months.
On or about September 12, 2018, through October 10, 2018, while employed as an RN with a school in Galveston, Texas, RN failed to verify a physician’s order, obtain parent authorization and obtain an appropriately labeled medication bottle for a student, in violation of Medication Administration Policy and Requirements. Subsequently, a Substitute Nurse discovered that the wrong medication bottle was provided by the parent resulting in the RN administering Topiramate for 10 days, instead of Risperidone, as ordered. RN’s conduct exposed the patient to the risk of harm from unnecessary administration of doses of medication without a physician’s order.
On or about October 9, 2018, while employed as an RN with a school in Galveston, Texas, RN administered the wrong dose of insulin to another student, in that RN administered fifty (50) units of insulin, instead of nine (9) units, as ordered, for sliding scale. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects due to possible overdosage of medication.
In response, the RN states if she administered medication(s) without physician orders and/or parent authorization, it was because she may have administered the medication to a particular student in the past or knows the parents very well. RN states if she acted “outside the norm,” it was due to the aftereffects of an illness she experienced. RN also admits she drew up the wrong amount of insulin and doesn’t know how it could have happened and has never made a mistake like this in her years in nursing.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.463(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the RN license. The strictness of the Board also ensures that nurses will only commit to the duties they are assigned to in order to guarantee accurate and excellent performance in all hospitals throughout the state of Texas.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas BON attorney. Texas BON Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who has helped more than 200 nurse BON license cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.