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Accurate medication administration is a fundamental aspect of patient care in the healthcare industry. Errors or omissions in this critical process can potentially place patients at risk and have legal and professional ramifications for healthcare providers. In such cases, a nurse attorney can provide essential guidance and support to RNs. Depending on the specifics of the case, a nurse attorney can advise RNs on how to navigate potential legal actions or regulatory inquiries that may arise from medication administration errors.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a health care facility in Waco, Texas, and had been in that position for eleven (11) months.

On or about April 7, 2021, while employed as an RN at a health care facility in Waco, Texas, RN failed to administer Hydralazine 12.5 mg to a patient, and instead falsely documented the administration of the medication in the patient’s medical record. Subsequently, the half-tablet was found on the patient’s bedside table by another nurse. RN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm in that failure to administer the hydralazine as ordered by the physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment of the patient’s high blood pressure.

In response to the above incident, RN states that the patient was sleeping, and she woke him up to administer the hydralazine. RN states that she handed the patient the med cup and the patient acknowledged her. RN states she trusted the patient to take it and did not observe him. 

The above action constitutes 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),(1)(M)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(B),(1)&(4).

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side, but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 500 nurse cases for the past 17 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.