Following a facility’s policy and procedures is very important as well as doing proper documentation. If not done properly and accurately, it can put a patient in harm. Therefore, every RN should practice keeping accurate and complete medical records for documentation purposes. Inaccurate documentation can lead and can cause negative outcomes. If you are in such a situation, it is best to consult a nurse attorney to know what proper measures to take in facing cases.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Plano, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eight (8) months.
On or about December 12, 2019, through December 19, 2019, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Plano, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
- RN removed Versed and Fentanyl from the facility medication dispensing system for four (4) patients but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for the wastage of the unused portions of the medications. RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, 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.
- RN removed Versed 2mg from the facility medication dispensing system for a patient but failed to accurately and/or completely and accurately document the administration of the medications in the patient’s Medication Administration Record (MAR). RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patient which could result in an overdose. Additionally, RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
- RN misappropriated 5mg of Versed and 150mcg of Fentanyl belonging to the facility or patients thereof or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(9),(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(D) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(5),(6)(G),(8),(10)(A),(10)(D)&(11)(B).
However, without valid evidence to defend his side of the story, the RN lost the case. Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a Texas BON attorney to help him with his case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined the RN’s license.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.