Rules and laws are set to maintain order. In nursing, nurses are expected to follow rules, protocols, and procedures in giving care to patients. Following rules for proper nursing care gives positive outcomes towards the health status of every patient. Once a nurse violates any of the rules, it can put a patient in danger. On the other hand, it can also put an RN license to suspension or revocation. But if an RN faces such difficulty, one thing to remember is that a nurse attorney is always willing to help.
At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and three (3) months.
On or about March 7, 2019, the RN withdrew Fentanyl from the medication dispensing system for the patient, but failed to document and/or completely and accurately document the administration of the medication in the patient’s Medication Administration Records and/or nurses’ notes. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patient which could result in an overdose. Additionally, The RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
On or about March 7, 2019, the RN withdrew Fentanyl from the medication dispensing system for the patient but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures for wastage of the unused portion of the medication. The RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
On or about March 7, 2019, the RN misappropriated Fentanyl belonging to the facility or patients thereof or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation, The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
In response to the incident, the RN states that he neglected to conduct a room inspection with the oncoming nurse to ensure the proper wasting of any medications that were left. As a result of the RN’s situation, the Board has put the RN into discipline. As part of the disciplinary action, the RN shall agree and comply with the terms of the Order set by the Board. Once an RN failed to comply with the terms, the worst can happen.
All RNs or nurses have the right to legal counsel and for representation before facing the Board. A nurse attorney on this matter makes a great help in making your case in favor of you. This is why you should be prepared. Failure to hire a nurse attorney can be your downfall.
Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of RN License Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.