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It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing charges related to negligence. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.

This is what happened to a certain RN in Lufkin, Texas on March 2018. During the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as an RN in a medical facility in Lufkin and had been in the position for more than two years.

On or about March 22, 2018, the RN failed to document the administration of Fentanyl in the medical record of a patient. Her conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient, which could result in an overdose.

On or about the same date, the RN failed to administer medications to a patient at the time intervals ordered by the physician. She gave Vancocin approximately two (2) hours earlier than ordered, and he administered Keppra and Humalog more than two (2) hours later than ordered. Her conduct placed the patient at risk of ineffective treatment.

On or about April 2, 2018, the RN failed to administer D5 1/2 Normal Saline (NS) intravenously to a patient as directed per the Insulin Drip Protocol for Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). Instead, she changed the infusing solution to NS with 20 mEq of Potassium Chloride (KCI). Approximately thirty (30) minutes later, the patient had a critically low blood glucose of 45. Her conduct exposed the patient to risk for injury from complications of hypoglycemia.

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN the chance to defend herself. During the hearing, the RN states she administered the medications appropriately but neglected to scan the patient and the medications. In addition, she states she should have asked for clarification of the Potassium Chloride order because the patient had an insulin drip infusing.

However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when the drug screening results were brought up to her. Therefore, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.