Documentations have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
On or about December 8, 2016, while employed as a Substitute Nurse in a medical facility in New Braunfels, the RN incorrectly administered Prednisolone to a patient, in that she dissolved the tablet in water and had the student drink the medication instead of allowing the medication to dissolve in student’s mouth. In addition, the RN also failed to document in the medical record of the patient’s condition, pulse oximetry, and lung sounds, when the patient came to the clinic with coughing. Her conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions. The RN’s conduct was also likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medication as ordered by the physician could have resulted in the 11011-efficacious treatment of the patient’s respiratory condition.
On or about January 6, 2017, the same RN failed to administer the correct dose of Humalog to a patient in that she administered four (4) Units of insulin, instead of five (5), as ordered by the physician. Additionally, she failed to verify the dosage when calculating il prior to administration, as required. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medication as ordered by the physician could have resulted in the 1100-efficacious treatment of the patient’s diabetes,
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to hear her side of the story. However, the RN failed to appear during the hearing. She also failed to send a nurse attorney to defend her case. Because of this, the RN was disciplined and suspended.
The Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.