Negligence at work have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
One such incident occurred on or about August 6, 2015 to an RN in San Antonio. During the initial time of the incident, she was employed as RN in a medical facility in San Antonio and had been in the position for more than one year.
On or about August 6, 2015, the RN failed to administer the scheduled morning medications to five patients. Additionally, the RN falsely documented that she administered the scheduled medications in the patients’ medical records. Her conduct was likely to injure the patients in that failure to administer medications, as ordered by a physician, could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment. Additionally, her conduct created an inaccurate medical record on which subsequent caregivers would rely on to provide ongoing medical care.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
During the hearing, the RN admits that she failed to administer medications to three (3) patients in the morning because they had already left for work. She states that the doctor was notified, and that she administered their medications when the patients returned around 12-12:30. The RN further admits to not writing the correct time that she gave the medications, and incorrectly signing the medication record. The RN states that at the time of the incident, the facility was understaffed, that she was still on probation and had not been fully trained.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.