Your license is one of RN’s most valuable assets. You need to protect your license as well as your right to practice as best as you can. If you are summoned to appear before a licensing board regarding a disciplinary incident, you will need an experienced nurse attorney who knows how to properly handle nurse cases.
On or about September 7, 2017, the RN failed to accurately assess and/or document the pressure injuries of a patient. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from clinical decisions based on incomplete assessment information and created an inaccurate medical record.
On or about September 18, 2017, the RN withdrew Morphine from the medication dispensing system for the patient but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures which requires a second nurse to witness for wastage of unused portions. The RN’s conduct was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy and placed them in violation of Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).
On or about September 18, 2017, the RN infused incompatible fluids through a single central venous catheter (CVC) line of the patient. The line became crystalized and required a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to clear the line. The RN’s conduct exposed the patient to risk of harm from occlusion of CVC and side effects of tissue plasminogen activator, including hemorrhage.
On or about March 10, 2018, the RN failed to verify if the patient had a Magnesium level ordered that day, or if the resulted value fell within the parameter for needing a Magnesium infusion, and administered a Magnesium infusion to the aforementioned patient without an order. The RN’s’ s conduct has placed the patient at risk for complications of magnesium toxicity including hyporeflexia, hypotension, respiratory depression, and cardiac arrest.
In response, the RN stated she documented three (3) pressure ulcers as Stage Il, but later that day the wound care team noted that two of the ulcers were unstageable and one was a Stage Ill. The RN states she received additional education as to the facility protocols on documenting wound descriptions. The RN stated she wasted the Morphine in the sink as there was not another nurse available to witness. The RN states she did not personally check compatibility and that it was a mistake to rely on the previous shift’s nurse rather than verifying for herself.
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
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 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.