Facing any misdemeanor allegations may compromise your career and a Texas nurse attorney could provide you the best help. If you have any valid reasons, you may refer to a San Antonio nurse attorney to provide further defense against your case.
On or about March 19, 2014, through April 12, 2014, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, the RN withdrew Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Alprazolam, Morphine, and Fentanyl, from the medication dispensing system for several patients but failed to document, or accurately and completely document the administration of the medications in the patients’ Medication Administration Record (MAR) and/or Nurse’s Notes.
The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his/her documentation to further medicate the patients which could result in an overdose. Additionally, her conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
On or about April 12, 2014, while employed as a Registered Nurse in the same medical facility, the RN withdrew Morphine from the medication dispensing system for a patient but failed to follow the facility’s policy and the procedure he unused portions of the medications. Her conduct again 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.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing. During the hearing, the RN states that she was spoken to about the importance of documentation as it had the potential to affect reimbursement as there was no question that her patient care was excellent.
The RN further explains that the patient was on hospice and had to be discharged in order for certain diagnostic tests to be done. When the patient completed the tests, there was a delay in readmission and ordering of pain medication and when she attempted to assess the patient he was combative due to the extreme pain he was experiencing. For that reason alone, the RN elected to delay any further action in favor of getting medication to the patient immediately as his vital signs never been unstable. The RN states she did what she thought was in the best interest of the patient because of his discomfort and would not repeat her error in judgment.
But because of the lack of a San Antonio nurse attorney to defend her, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined and suspended her RN license.
The Texas Board of Nursing subjected the RN and her license into disciplinary action. The assistance of a nurse attorney could have helped the case become better for the RN. So if you ever encounter such an issue, it’s best to contact San Antonio Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.