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At the time of the incident, an RN has employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in San Antonio, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) years and eight (8) months.
On or about March 23, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse and assigned to the Behavioral Health Geriatric Unit, the said RN inaccurately documented verbal orders for Lorazepam for the Patient in that she changed the dosage of the order without authorization from 0.5mg to 2.5mg. The action of the RN was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medication as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment. Furthermore, the RN’s actions were likely to injure the patient in that the physician, the facility, and other staff members would utilize the Medical Record to make treatment decisions.
It was on or about March 23, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse and assigned to the Behavioral Health Acute Unit, the said RN withdrew Lorazepam 2mg from the medication dispensing system for the Patient, but failed to completely and accurately document the administration of the medication in the patient’s Medication Administration Record (MAR) and/or nurses’ notes in that the RN reported that she administered 1mg, documented the administration as 2.5mg in the MAR, and documented 0.5mg in the nurses’ notes. The behavior of the said RN was likely to injure the patient, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, the RN’s behavior placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
On or about March 23, 2021, through March 24, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse and assigned to the Behavioral Health Acute Unit, the RN withdrew Lorazepam 2mg from the medication dispensing system for the Patient but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures for wastage of the unused portion of the medication. The RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In relation to the situation that occurred, the said RN denies the allegation and states the physician ordered 2.5mg of Lorazepam, but she administered Img based on her nursing judgment as she felt the dosage was too high. According to the RN, since the order was documented as 2.5mg, the administration was documented as 2.5mg and the documentation was not changed to reflect the Img she administered. The RN also admitted that she failed to properly waste the medication in that she withdrew 2mg, wasted Img in the sink without a witness, and failed to document the wastage in the Pyxis. The RN added that she is willing to give up her license.
As a result, the RN was subjected to take disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. The RN was given the chance to defend her license but she failed due to a lack of proper defense from a nurse attorney. Unfortunately, her license was disciplined.
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