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A physician’s order provides directions on how nurses are to cater to their patients regarding medication. If an RN administered medication without a valid prescription or order from a physician, doing that constitutes medication error and could bring harm to the patients who were given the medication. It is also considered nursing malpractice, and the RN could be held liable. If such a situation occurs, a nurse attorney can help and be your defense against such a case.

At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) at a hospital in Midland, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eight (8) months.

The incident happened on or about December 13, 2018, and December 19, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the post-anesthesia care unit in Midland, Texas, the RN administered Percocet to multiple patients without valid physician’s orders and/or without an appropriate pain score. The RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety code and was likely to injure the patients in that the administration of narcotics without a valid physician’s order could result in the patients suffering from adverse reactions. Additionally, the RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patients to a risk of harm from ineffective and/or inappropriate pain management.

In response to the incident, the RN admits that on rare occasions, she administered Percocet to patients in the Phase I recovery unit, outside the 4-6 range as ordered by the physician.

Due to the evidence received by the Board, the RN will be subjected to disciplinary action pursuant to Section 301 .452(b)(10)&(13) of the Texas Occupations Code. The RN could have received a different outcome of the case if her/his legal counsel is an expert at handling a nurse case. A nurse attorney is the best fit to handle and deal with nurse cases.

Hire a nurse attorney who has the expertise and years of experience in this field. Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of RN License Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.