Whenever someone filed a complaint against you, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. This is exactly what happened to an RN in Bryan when she was accused of misappropriation of medicine. During the time of the initial incident, the LVN was employed as staff nurse in a hospital in Fort Worth and had been in that position for more than two years already.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Cloverleaf, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) months.
On or about January 26, 2019, the RN withdrew one (1) syringe of Fentanyl 100mcg/2mL from the Pyxis medication dispensing system for the Patient but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. More specifically, the RN withdrew the medication at 0149 and wasted it at 0552, which is approximately four (4) hours later. The RN’s conduct 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.
On or about July 16, 2019, while employed as an RN with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, the RN withdrew one (1) vial of Ativan 2mg/1mL from the Pyxis medication dispensing system to administer intravenously to the patient, but inaccurately documented that the medication was administered orally. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record.
On or about September 11, 2019, through September 12, 2019, the RN failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of the unused portions of medication when he left Fentanyl 1950mcg, which was previously discontinued at 1015, in the room of the Patient for his entire shift. Subsequently, the medication was wasted by the next shift at 0755 on September 12, 2020. The RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, which 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 response to the incident, the RN states that versed was pulled out because he figured the patient was being transferred emergently as he got a report at the bedside, which is typical for emergent patients, instead of the phone. The RN states that the patient was not in the Pyxis yet so he pulled it out from another patient knowing the physician was going to put in the order. The RN states that the physician placed the order and versed was scanned for the right patient. In addition, the RN states that he does not recall this incident, but it might have been a computer-clicking mistake.
Furthermore, the RN states that he did not do a thorough scope in the room because his mind was on a different patient who was unstable. The RN states that he quickly went to the other patient that needed his attention and this was the only reason he did not catch the fentanyl drip.
However, she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, causing her to face disciplinary proceedings as imposed by the Texas Board of Nursing. This could also lead to losing her RN license if not defended by a nurse attorney.
Losing your LVN or RN license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. For assistance regarding your nurse license case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.