A RN or LVN who violates the state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) should seek proper help from a nurse attorney. Doing so could make or break their cases. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked if not defended properly.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN license and LVN license. The BON has the power to suspend and/or revoke the nurse license. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the State of Texas.
On or about August 8, 2016, while employed as an Emergency Staff Nurse in a Medical Center in Dallas, the RN incorrectly documented administering Zosyn and Vancomycin to her patient. At the same time, she also failed to use an infusion pump to ensure the medications were correctly administered at the ordered infusion rates.
As a result, the RN administered the RN administered Zosyn 50mL to the patient over a period of not more than 14 minutes (at a calculated rate of at least 214/ml/hr), instead of at the rate of 12.5ml/hr over a period of 4 hours, as ordered.
When the Zosyn administration was finished, the RN started the Vancomycin infusion. An undetermined volume of Vancomycin infused before another nurse entered the room and stopped the infusion after noting it was being administered without a pump.
Shortly thereafter, the physician determined that the patient’s redness and itching were due to an allergic reaction to the Zosyn and Vancomycin, and ordered medications to manage the reaction.
The RN explains that the medications were not administered at the same time. She also states it’s a standard practice for Zosyn to not be required to be administered using a pump in this setting. The RN further admits that it was standard practice for the Vancomycin to have been administered using an infusion pump and only a very small amount of was administered before the float nurse noticed it was being administered without a pump and stopped the dosage. She states the “allergic” reaction was most likely “Red Man Syndrome,” which is a flushing reaction from the Vancomycin administration, and not an allergic reaction to the Zosyn. The reaction quickly resolved with the administration of Benadryl and Solumedrol, and the patient suffered no harm. The RN also states she was not able to completely document because she was sent home just after the patient was sent to the surgical floor.
However, the Texas BON found the RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record, which could injure the patient and suffer the effects of allergic reaction. Because of this, the RN was found guilty and her RN license was disciplined and suspended.
She lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient RN license attorney.
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