Allegations of negligence have been a signature specialty of Fort Worth RN Attorneys when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
On or about March 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in Fort Worth, the RN failed to properly witness/verify medication wastage which unknowingly allowed another nurse to divert Fentanyl. While busy on the unit, the nurse would persuade the RN to sign into the pyxis and would encourage the RN to walk away because she was so busy allowing the diverting nurse to document an inaccurate wastage amount under her name and then sign as the witness.
The RN’s failure to properly verify medication wastage allowed medications to be diverted, allowed the diverting nurse to deceive the hospital’s pharmacy and the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the LVN attended for her career’s security.
In response to the incident, the RN states nurses were taught to waste incorrectly during orientation. She explains she asked about it but was told they are allowed to waste in various ways because of how Interventional Radiology was set up. The RN states she always watched the nurse waste, but she did not see the amount the nurse entered for waste. The RN states she had no experience with nurses who divert so it did not strike her as odd.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire Fort Worth RN attorneys for assistance if she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from Fort Worth RN attorneys as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Fort Worth Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.