Every practicing RN license holder in the state of Texas is required to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the government. These laws and statutes were implemented to ensure that the safety of the patients is protected by the state. An RN who commits any violation can place her RN license in jeopardy. The Texas Board of Nursing has the authority to revoke or suspend an RN license in the country for as long as there is a justifiable reason. Failure to hire a nurse attorney could lead to RN license suspension or revocation.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Lubbock, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) years and six (6) months.
On or about May 30, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Lubbock, Texas, RN incorrectly administered the ordered amiodarone bolus and maintenance infusion to a patient. Specifically, RN administered both the bolus and the maintenance infusion at the same time and incorrectly set the infusion pump at fifteen (15) milliliters per hour. The amiodarone bolus was ordered to be administered over ten (10) minutes followed by the maintenance infusion, which was ordered to be administered at one (1) milliliter per minute for six (6) hours, then decreased to 0.5 milliliter per minute for the next eighteen (18) hours. Additionally, RN failed to document the administration of the amiodarone in the patient’s medical record. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse reactions of incorrect amiodarone dosing, including changes in cardiac function.
In response, RN states that this patient was being transferred to the telemetry floor because he needed to be on an amiodarone drip. RN states that she had just gotten to the floor and did not have time to get a scanner. RN states that she felt her co-workers on the telemetry floor would expect her to start the amiodarone drip before transferring the patient. RN states that she started the drip at the standard rate which is one (1) milliliter/minute for six (6) hours, then decrease to 0.5 milliliter/minute for the next eighteen (18) hours, but the bolus should have been started to be given in ten (10) minutes and she started it at fifteen (15) milliliter per hour instead. RN states that both events could have been prevented if only she would have used a scanner.
The above action constitutes 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)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN 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 Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.