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Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence while at work, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Sugar Land, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who were found to be negligent while working.

On or about February 7, 2020, February 18, 2020, and February 29, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Sugar Land, Texas, RN inappropriately prepared medications for her evening medication pass early by opening and removing the medications from their original packaging, placing them into cups, storing the cups in the medication cart, and placing the medication wrappers to the side to be scanned at the assigned time. Additionally, on at least two occasions, RN left her nursing assignment prior to the end of her shift, and the oncoming nurse had to send the opened and unpackaged medications to the pharmacy for destruction. RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patients to a risk of harm from incorrectly prepared medications and/or receiving the wrong medications.

In response, RN states that each patient had their own individual drawer with their name and picture on it. RN states she prepared for her med pass but did not pass meds early. RN also adds that these medications did not include narcotics. RN states that there was never a risk of patient harm due to the “safety net” procedure which was utilized the evening that she had to leave due to a family emergency. RN admits that the oncoming nurse had to completely restart the entire procedure of preparing meds.

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) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B)&(4).

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN 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 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.