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The outcome of the patient’s health will be based on the nurse’s efforts and proper care. But if an RN conducts improper care which can harm the patient, he or she may face complaints or allegation cases. An RN should come prepared before appearing or facing the Board. A nurse attorney can be your defense against circumstances.

At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and six (6) months.

On or about December 11, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to properly administer Solu Medrol 12 mg IV to Patient, in that the RN left the medication in the patient’s room and the parent administered it orally after the RN had left the room. Additionally, the RN failed to report the medication error to the physician or supervisor. The failure of the RN could have exposed the patient to the risk of harm in that failure to administer medications as per physician orders could result in non-efficacious treatment of the patient’s conditions.

In response to the incident that happened, the said RN states that she thought the medication had been ordered orally so she left it at the bedside so it could be administered once the patient woke up and that she then reviewed the physician’s orders and noted the medication was to be administered by IV. The RN  further added as she returned to the room to administer the medication via IV, she saw the mother of the patient administering the medication orally. The said RN also mentioned that she informed the other nurse on the unit of the medication error and sought guidance about how to proceed. The other nurse told the RN that it was not necessary to report the error to the supervisor and that monitoring the patient would be sufficient. The RN continued monitoring the patient, as instructed, and the patient did not suffer any adverse or untoward effects.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her LVN license under disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.

So, if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 200 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.