The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty of violating the state laws and regulations as well as charged with the case may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a nurse attorney.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, and had been in that position for less than one (1) month.
On or about April 19, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN accompanied staff to verify this patient’s medication frequency without having the physician’s order present, which led to the RN incorrectly scratching out the patient’s name on the medication label of a Tramadol bottle. The RN’s conduct resulted in an altered medication label.
In response to the incident, the RN states that she arrived at villa Assisted Living (Personal Care Home) in Texas and was told by a caregiver that there was a medication issue with a patient, but due to the caregiver’s accent the RN thought the medication was sent for the patient with no order or record of it. The RN states that because she had no Medication Administration Record she could not address it in real-time. The RN states that at the moment, in order to prevent usage, she scratched the name out but realized she should not have done so. The RN added that she then wrote the patient’s name back on the bottle and asked the caregiver to place it on a shelf aside from the patient’s medications and that she would get clarification the following week. And also added that she never opened the bottle and that she simply did not want the medication to be used. Then lastly added that she failed to email staff that evening and clarification was not addressed.
Because of the lack of an effective nurse attorney to help her defend her case, the LVN was disciplined for violating Texas Board of Nursing regulations.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).