Every person who wants to become a professional LVN or RN in the state of Texas needs to go through several processes. This is the main reason why you should be careful when doing your job, or else, complaints or charges might be filed against you. Without the help of a nurse attorney, you might get suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Once an LVN or RN is proven to be guilty of the offense charged, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may order the suspension or revocation of the license. The revocation may be permanent or temporary, depending on the veracity of the offense committed. At the same time, the Board may also order for the suspension of a nurse.

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in McKinney, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and five (5) months.

On or about July 19, 2020, and July 20, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in McKinney, Texas, RN was accused of the following:

1. RN falsely documented the administration of seven (7) Hydrocodone 10/325mg tablets in the Medication Administration Record (MAR) for a patient. Furthermore, the patient informed the staff that he never received Hydrocodone during his hospital stay and RN was not in the patient’s room when six (6) of the medications were scanned. RN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and failure to administer medication as ordered by the physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.

2. RN misappropriated seven (7) Hydrocodone 10/325mg tablets belonging to the facility and patients thereof or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. Furthermore, the patient informed the staff that he never received Hydrocodone during his hospital stay. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.

In response to the above incidents, RN states she did administer the medication to the patient; however, she was delayed due to being called to another room for patient care.

The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(4),(6)(G),(8),(10)(E)&(11)(B).

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 200 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.

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