Anyone can file a complaint against an RN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summoned you. This is what the RN from Texas should have done when she was called by the Board.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Triage Nurse at a hospital facility in The Woodlands, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) month.
On or about May 12, 2019, while utilizing a Privilege to Practice (PTP) nursing from the State of Texas and employed as a Triage Registered Nurse, the RN triaged a phone call pertaining to a patient and approved the conversion of Oxycodone without verifying the patient had an order for Oxycodone, which he did not. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient, in that the administration of medication without a valid physician’s order could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions.
In response, the RN states the patient’s EMR did not have a medication list because the patient had just been admitted for care, which she knew because of previous calls she had in relation to the patient. As she recalls, the RN informed the pharmacist that as long as it was the same dosage, the conversion should be okay. The RN recalls telling the pharmacist she should call the patient’s doctor to verify that the conversion was okay.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) then subjected the RN and her license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
If the Texas Board of Nursing summoned you to court, it is imperative to notify a nurse attorney immediately. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. He has over 16 years of expertise in dealing with different cases involving nurses. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.