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The assistance of a nurse attorney is valuable if you’re facing a case before the Texas Board of Nursing. Your defense can be strengthened further if you’re going to face the Board, even if your case has multiple instances of failure to follow a procedure. There are times where mistakes at work could be inevitable, which is why a nurse attorney can assure full assistance over such errors. Disciplinary actions could have been thought about by the Texas Board of Nursing if this particular RN from Houston, Texas hired a nurse attorney over her case.

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Arlington, Texas, and had been in that position for twelve (12) months.

On or about January 11, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Arlington, Texas, RN was accused of the following:

1. RN withdrew two (2) vials of Lorazepam 2mg for a patient from the medication dispensing system but failed to document and/or completely and accurately document the administration of the medication in the patients’ Medication Administration Records and/or nurse’s notes. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient which could have resulted in an overdose. Additionally, RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

2. RN withdrew two (2) vials of Lorazepam 2mg for the above-mentioned patient from the medication dispensing system but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. 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.

3. RN misappropriated two (2) vials of Lorazepam 2mg belonging to the above-mentioned patient, belonging to the facility or patients thereof, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medication.

In response, RN states she was under a preceptorship and followed by a preceptor during this time. RN states after being notified of a missing Lorazepam she subsequently checked her uniform, the patient’s room, the medication room, and volunteered to take a drug screen. However, every medication that I removed, I administered to the patient. RN states she never did anything intentionally to harm her patient or falsify documentation.

The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(1)(D) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(G),(8)&(11)(B).

Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 200 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years.

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