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On or about May 5, 2016, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in Houston, the RN failed to administer scheduled medications to a patient, as ordered by a physician. Specifically, the patient was to receive Lovenox at 0900; however, she did not administer the dose until 1616. Her conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm in that failure to administer medication as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
On or about December 26, 2016, the RN failed to carry out and notify Telemetry that there was a written Telemetry Order for a patient. Subsequently, the patient was not placed on telemetry monitoring until the following shift. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that significant changes in the patient’s status may have gone undetected and prevented a timely intervention.
On or about February 23, 2017, the RN failed to initiate appropriate nursing interventions regarding a patient, in that she failed to recognize acute decompensation and escalate care of said patient whose oxygen saturations were at 50% with an alarm sounding. Her conduct exposed the patient to risk of harm in that significant changes in the patient’s status may have gone undetected and prevented a timely intervention and/or delay in escalation of care.
On or about April 10, 2017, the RN failed to administer scheduled oral Ativan to a patient Patient Medical Record Number 3002036166, as ordered by a physician, and instead administered intravenous (IV) Ativan from an as-needed order for anxiety. Petitioner’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm in that failure to administer medication as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
During the hearing, the RN states she had to draw a level before she gave the dose; however, the vascular access team did not come on time and that is the reason for the late dose. She states she was also busy and lost track of time. Regarding the telemetry order, the RN states the telemetry order was written later and she did not see it. She states she did not fail to carry out the order, she was very busy and this was an oversight. Regarding failure to administer scheduled medications, the RN states the patient left the unit and returned after the scheduled time, hence the late administration.
With regard to the patient with low oxygen saturation levels, the RN states this patient had a history of low oxygen saturation due to disease process. She states the patient’s oxygen would decrease for a moment and return back to baseline. She states she was at another end of the unit charting when she saw two nurses go in to check on the patient; however, the patient’s level had settled so they left with no intervention.
Regarding the administration of intravenous Ativan, the RN states this patient was having withdrawals and there was an intravenous prn (as needed) Ativan order to give if patient was having withdrawal. She states the patient was placed on oral Ativan the day before, but the dose was not available to give at the time.
The RN also states she let the Nurse Practitioner know, who told her to wait for the oral dose, but she had already given the dose because the patient was having withdrawals.
Because of the following incident, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined and suspended the RN.
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