A missed documentation and failure to administer medicine in a timely manner are some of the typical errors or mistakes committed by any nurse. These mistakes may become grounds for the nursing malpractice, and if being accused, you need the right and skilled nurse attorney to help you with the case.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Pasadena, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years and two (2) months.
On or about March 30, 2020, through April 1, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Pasadena, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
- RN withdrew three (3) syringes of Hydromorphone 2mg from the medication dispensing system for patients but failed to document and/or completely and accurately document the administration of the medications in the patient’s Medication Administration Records and/or nurses’ notes. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent care givers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patients 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 withdrew three (3) syringes of Hydromorphone 2mg from the medication dispensing system for patients without valid physician’s orders. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients in that the administration of medications without a valid physician’s order could result in the patients suffering from adverse reactions, and RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In response, RN states they were understaffed, not properly trained, and the computers did not work properly. RN states this led to medication errors.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(G),(8),(10)(C),(10)(E) & (11)(B).
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under 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 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. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.