There was one incident where an RN could have hired a nurse attorney for her situation. The said incident happened on or about May 10, 2016, to May 31, 2016, while the RN was employed in Houston while training for PTP nursing in Texas.
The incident occurred when the nurse removed three syringes of Dilaudid, 1 syringe of Morphine and 2 tabs of Ativan in the medication dispensing system of the facility without the physician’s order. The said misconduct would likely cause injury to the patient and may cause the patient to suffer from adverse effects.
Another incident occurred between May 10, 2016, to June 2, 2016, when the RN removed four syringes of Dilaudid, 1 syringe of Morphine, and 2 tabs of Ativan from the medication dispensing system. However, she failed to document the administration in the Medication Administration Record. The resulting action would cause inaccurate patient care for the caregivers as they rely on the documentation of the nurse.
Additionally, despite the success of administration to the patient, the RN failed to follow the procedures needed for wastage of unused portions of the medications. This left the medications unaccounted for and caused the RN to deceive the pharmacy. Additionally, all of the incidents caused the hospital to violate the Controlled Substances Act of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN a chance to defend her case. However, the RN voluntarily surrendered her license instead. If she wished to commit for improving her performance as an RN, she would have contacted a nurse attorney for further assistance.
A skilled nurse attorney could have assisted in defending against the case. That’s why it’s always best to seek legal counseling first before deciding whether to say the right words for your defense or if it’s time to let go of your license. For further information or if you want to schedule a private consultation, you may contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832)-428-5679.