Administering medication to patients should be done carefully and must be in the specifications of the physician’s order. Improper administration of medication can cause harm to patients. The accusation of such negligence is common in nursing care. You just need a nurse attorney before dealing with accusation cases.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in San Angelo, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.
On or about August 2, 2020 through August 30, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in San Angelo, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
- RN exceeded her scope of practice in that RN provided ibuprofen to a patient without a physician’s order. In addition, RN admitted to providing the patient with ibuprofen without an order. When another nurse asked the physician’s assistant the next day about an order for ibuprofen, the physician’s assistant declined to order the medication due to the patient’s prescription of blood thinners and poor kidney function. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient, in that the administration of medications without a valid physician’s order could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions.
- RN failed to document the administration of Ibuprofen in the medical record of the above mentioned patient. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient, in that subsequent care givers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient, which could result in an overdose.
In response, RN admitted to the allegations, stating she had insufficient training and orientation at this facility and wanted to alleviate the patient’s pain. RN states there is no indication RN’s actions contributed to patient harm. In addition, RN states after each incident, she reflected on ways to improve her practice and made changes accordingly.
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)&(2) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(4)&(11)(B).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s 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.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN 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 summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.