Every nurse needs a nurse attorney to represent them in facing the Board. As for the reason, some nurses faced inevitable scenarios and questioned their capabilities as care providers. Being stress is always present in this kind of job especially if there is short-staffing, long working hours, workplace hazards, and many more factors. Due to these factors, nurses may make mistakes while at work.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Nurse Anesthetist at a hospital in Killeen, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and nine (9) months.
An incident happened on or about March 2015, through Present, the RN may have lacked the fitness to practice advanced practice nursing, in that he was diagnosed with a mental health condition that contributed to a dependency on a controlled substance. The RN’s condition could have affected his ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
On or about November 2, 2015, and November 3, 2015, the RN inaccurately documented the Daily Narcotic Log and Medication Administration Record, in that the RN altered the quantity of Versed removed from the medication dispensing system to correct the narcotic count and falsely documented the quantity of Versed administered to multiple patients in the patients’ Medication Administration Records (MAR). The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate information on which to base their care decisions.
In response, the RN states that following a difficult deployment and issues at home, his anger and depression intensified and he began isolating himself from family and friends. The RN states he sought treatment for these issues. And in response to the incident that happened on November 2, 2015, and November 3, 2015, the RN states he reviewed the count and found the Versed was off by one. The RN states the records were in a disorganized stack, so he began going through the records to find where a dose might have been missed. The RN states he thought he found the error, but instead of marking a number 2 on his record, he marked it on the other provider’s. The RN states it was a careless and stupid act made while he was aggravated and impatient.
As a result, the RN is subjected to disciplinary action by the Texas BON. The decision was based on the evidence received by the Board which led to the RN’s case. . If the RN will not comply, his/her license will be put at risk. To prevent things such as suspension or revocation, it is a must to have a nurse attorney for support or for defense.
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