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The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a Houston BON lawyer. The complaint can be filed before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

When it comes to disciplinary proceedings before an administrative body in the state of Texas, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is to hire the best Houston BON lawyer. This lawyer can help any RN or LVN defend herself and try to prevent the revocation of their RN / LVN license.

On or about April 17, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse in Houston, the RN incorrectly crushed and diluted oxycodone, an oral pain medication, and administered it intravenously to a patient. The pain medication was ordered to be given by mouth. Additionally, the RN failed to document the medication administration in the patient’s electronic medical record. Her conduct could have contributed to patient injury from adverse effects of intravenous administration of medication that was not properly formulated for safe intravenous use, including possible phlebitis, ischemia, embolism, or sepsis.

In response to the incident, the RN states that when this event occurred he was a newly graduated nurse, still in his residency, and he experienced a non-supportive, bullying environment from the onset of his residency. Shestates that he takes accountability and responsibility for his actions.

At the end of his shift, the RN’s preceptor directed him to go to the patient’s room and administer oxycodone, which was the first time this medication had been given on his shift. She states that to prepare the medication, he initially crushed it in the medication room and carried it to the patient’s room in the small pill crusher bag. She  states that he turned on the water faucet and collected water into a small cup. the RN reports that he then drew up tap water and mixed in the crushed medication. The RN states he then went to the patient’s bedside to administer the medication. Respondent states that he then lifted the patient’s gown to access the gastric tube, but there was no gastric tube as he had anticipated. The RN states that in hindsight, this is where he should have stopped and went and found his preceptor.

The RN further states that the patient did have a nasogastric tube that was attached to suction.The RN states that he was tired, confused, and uneasy. The RN states that due to his inexperience as a new nurse, he screwed the syringe onto the intravenous line and began administering the medication. The RN states he monitored the patient as the medication was slowly infusing and about half way through he met resistance.

The RN further states that three (3) skin team nurses entered the room and as they did he mentioned he was having trouble administering the medication.The RN states that one of them came and tried to help him with the administration, and then another asked what he was administering. The RN states that he informed the team he was administering oxycodone, and that was when he and everyone else in the room had realized what he had done.

The RN was disciplined warning to suspension of her RN license by violating Texas Board of Nursing regulation.

Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right Houston BON lawyer in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

Consult with Houston BON lawyer Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.