Every year, many nurses face disciplinary action by the Texas BON. Many of these nurses fail to consult an experienced nurse attorney and as a result end up taking actions based only on instinct and at many times, ill-informed advice from outsiders. The result of not responding to a letter from the Texas BON in a timely manner or taking the proper precautions to carefully prepare for your case with the Texas BON can result in unfortunate circumstances. Many nurses also waive their rights to a hearing and do not realize that their chance of a more favorable outcome may increase by consulting an experienced nurse attorney before making any rush decisions.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a veteran’s hospital in College Station, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (1) month.
On or about December 7, 2020, while employed as an RN at a veteran’s hospital in College Station, Texas, RN failed to administer medications to residents assigned to her care, including breathing treatments and pain medications. Further, at approximately three to four hours after the completion of her shift, RN inaccurately documented missed medications as “held,” as opposed to “not given” with appropriate explanations. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients in that failure to administer medications as ordered could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment. In addition, RN’s conduct resulted in inaccurate medical records and was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent care givers would not have accurate records on which to base their decisions for further care.
In response, RN states that the medication dispensing system on the unit was not working, of which management was aware, and she called the pharmacy to request missing medications. RN states that medications were not administered because the patient was either off the unit, the medication was unavailable due to the technical problems with the medication dispensing system, or she held the medication because the patient had difficulty swallowing his medication.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(1)(N).
The evidence against the RN was strong. At the same time, she was not able to properly defend her case in court. As a result, her nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.