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At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a health facility in San Angelo, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
On or about November 16, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN withdrew Toradol for patients, but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. The failure of the RN left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the health facility, and placed the health facility in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
It was on or about November 16, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN misappropriated one (1) injection of Toradol 15mg belonging to the facility and patients thereof, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. Subsequently, the RN admitted to taking Toradol on another occasion for her own personal use. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
In response to the incident that occurred, the said RN states that during that shift, she was assigned to the rapid treatment area where she was assigned 5 rooms to treat non-urgent patients with a mid-level provider, that night it was a physician’s assistant, and one of the patients that they treated that night was ordered a Toradol injection. The RN also stated that the medication was taken out of the Pyxis and drawn up in the med room, but the patient refused the medication. The said RN also added that the next time she was at the Pyxis pulling medication for another patient, she remembered she needed to chart the medication as wasted in that system as well. The RN states at the end of the long shift, she was clearing out her pockets, as she pulled out the flushes from her right leg pocket, she realized she still had the medication in her pocket with the flushes. In addition, the RN mentioned that at that time she was hurting a lot from being so busy and had a massive migraine. She has suffered from migraines for almost 10 years and has had Toradol injections in the past that have helped immensely. The RN further indicated that since the medication had been refused and charted appropriately as such, she asked the provider she was working with if she could have the medication, and that the provider said she could and the PA was the one who gave her the injection.
However, the Texas Board of Nursing found that his conduct violates the Texas Occupations Code. As a result, he receives disciplinary and further sanctions from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
This is just one of the cases why every RN in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence or disobedience on the part of the RN is never excused.
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