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There are instances where a nurse attorney can be very useful whenever an RN or an LVN faced charges, complaints, or any accusations. Patients tend to file complaints immediately whenever they experience poorly regarding patient care during treatment. But any RN or LVN can defend themselves when such a thing happens.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (l) month.

On or about March 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, 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 the RN’s 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 placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

In response, the RN states nurses were taught to waste incorrectly during orientation. The RN 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.

The Texas BON found the RN’s conduct violates a section of the Texas Occupations Code. Thus, her RN license was suspended, and placed on probation.

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN sufficient time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right nurse attorney to handle her case. This had caused and led to the suspension of the RN license.

Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An and text or call nurse attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579.