An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a health facility in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
It was on or about February 14, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN documented administration of Fentanyl for a patient in the excess frequency of the physician’s order. The incident could have injured the patient in that the administration of medication in excess frequency and/or dosage of the physicians’ orders could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions.
12On or about February 14, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN withdrew Fentanyl from the medication dispensing system of a 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 she documented the administration prior to the withdrawal time. The failure of the RN could have injured the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, it placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
It was also mentioned by the RN that all medications were administered and documented in the patients’ medical records according to physician orders and hospital policy and procedures. The EMR will do a hard stop if attempting to administer a medication prior to ordered frequency, all medications were documented correctly and accurately in the patients’ medical records according to physician orders and hospital policy and procedures.
As a result, the incident above had caused the RN to be subjected to disciplinary action and because of the lack of a nurse attorney to help her defend her case, the RN may receive the further sanction or even get suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Losing your RN/LVN license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. If you’re facing cases such as this, be sure to contact and hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.