There are times where mistakes at work could be inevitable, which is why a nurse attorney can assure full assistance over such errors. Disciplinary actions could have been thought about by the Texas Board of Nursing if this particular RN from Houston, Texas hired a nurse attorney over her case.
The error of the RN’s actions happened on February 9, 2016, when the RN removed Hydrocodone and Morphine from the patient’s medication dispensing system without documenting the administration and wastage of the medication in the patient’s Medication Administration Records and Nurse’s Notes. Documenting the wastage of the medications should be done within a 30-minute time frame as per hospital rules for wastage procedure.
The resulting action may not have caused a problem for the patient’s health. But it could potentially yield errors on the future treatments that will be provided to the patient, especially if there’s inaccuracy within the history of records in the MAR and nurse’s notes.
In response to the case, the RN was given a chance to defend herself against the case filed on her. She stated that she was accustomed to different kinds of wastage procedures due to her previous employment at a different hospital. She added that there was no such 30-minute time frame when documenting wastage procedures on her previous employer, she was just new in the hospital, and no patients were harmed as a result of her error.
The Texas Board of Nursing has jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the license and career of an RN or LVN. Therefore, based on the findings of the Board, the RN received a disciplinary action to ensure further safety and accurate documentation as she works in the future. She should hire a nurse attorney for instances such as this.
So if you’re summoned by the Board for a hearing against your case if you ever did a minor mistake at work, it’s best to consult a nurse attorney first. For further information or if you wish to schedule a private consultation, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An can assist you by dialing his number at (832)-428-5679.