All LVN or RN is under the jurisdiction of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). All complaints or cases concerning the practice of the LVN or RN are lodged before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Thereafter, the members of the Board will hear the case and decide on the issues or matters submitted for resolution. The parties charged are given an opportunity to be heard. This is part of their right to due process and the one defending the case of the RN or LVN is a nurse attorney.
In one of the recent cases decided by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), an RN failed to defend her RN license. Before a case was filed against her, she was employed as a staff nurse in a state hospital.
On or about June 8, 2015, the RN withdrew Toradol from the Medication Dispensing System for two patients, but failed to document, or accurately and completely document, the administration of the Toradol, including signs, symptoms, and responses to the medication in the patients’ Medication Administration Records and nurse’s notes.
Subsequently, the RN withdrew Toradol from the Medication Dispensing System for 2 patients but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of any of the unused portions of the medications.
Additionally, she misappropriated Toradol from the facility and patients and failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation.
The RN explains that she was on the wrong screen and attempted to return/waste to credit the wrong patient, but she was interrupted and thought that it did not go through. She states that she wrote a note to the Director of Nursing explaining what happened. She states that she knows that she gave the correct medications to patients and it would not be likely that she did not document. The RN denies that she took the Toradol, and explains that non-controlled medications are not counted when administered and there is no count of controlled substances until the system shows a discrepancy.
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing finds that her conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code or the Controlled Substances Act. Furthermore, she was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
Unfortunately, she failed to properly defend her case upon the Texas Board of Nursing. She was disciplined and her RN license was suspended.
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