It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that a nurse attorney is always reliable for matters such as these.

At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Pasadena, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) months.

On or about March 8, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Pasadena, Texas, RN was accused of the following:

1. RN withdrew Fentanyl from the medication dispensing system for a patient but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

2. RN withdrew Hydromorphone from the medication dispensing system for four (4) different patients but failed to accurately document the administration of the medication in the patients’ Medication Administration Records (MAR). More specifically, RN documented administering Hydromorphone to the patients before the medication was pulled. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose.

In response to the above incidents, RN states sometimes nurses had to wait to find a nurse available to witness a waste, which was unavoidable and the reality of working on a busy CVICU. Despite trying and asking, many times nurses were busy carrying out their duties and could therefore not respond to a request to witness a waste. In addition, medications were oftentimes ordered verbally by a physician during rounds. RN states he always tried to document immediately, but this was sometimes not possible on a busy CVICU.

The above actions constitute 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)&(1)(D) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(10)(C)&(11)(B).

A case was ultimately filed against him before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The said allegation was fatal to the RN’s capability to perform the essential functions and duties. Sad to say, the nursing defense attorney who handled his case was not able to properly defend his interests and rights before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found him guilty of the offense alleged in the complaint and decided to place his RN license under disciplinary action.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 200 nurse cases for the past 16 years. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.

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