The meticulous and accurate documentation of medication administration is a non-negotiable aspect of nursing practice, crucial for patient safety and the integrity of healthcare records. However, there are instances when challenges in the clinical environment can complicate these responsibilities, raising concerns about patient care and professional conduct. In circumstances where nurses face allegations or legal concerns stemming from medication administration issues, a nurse attorney can offer invaluable assistance. By offering guidance and support, nurse attorneys contribute to upholding accountability within the healthcare profession while protecting the nurse’s rights and professional reputation.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Dallas, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and three (3) months.
On or about April 10, 2021, through May 27, 2021, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Dallas, Texas, RN withdrew medications for patients in the PACU but failed to document completely/accurately the administration of the medications and/or their associated wastage in the patients’ medical records. The facility’s medication dispensing system for the PACU was in a separate room and attributed to the RN’s difficulty in leaving her patient(s) unattended in order to retrieve and return medications and waste properly. RN’s conduct could have created inaccurate medical records for the patients and could have placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The above action constitutes 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)(D)&(1)(M).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas nurse attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
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