Cases involving inaccurate medical documentation are something that a nurse attorney could be of great help for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error. R191088N3589
At the time of the incident, the RN was working as a Registered Nurse in a rehabilitation facility in Wichita Falls and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (1) month.
On or about January 6, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse in Wichita Falls, the RN destroyed a patient’s controlled drug count sheet and falsely documented a new controlled drug count sheet. Furthermore, the RN wrote “rewritten due to error” on the top of the new controlled drug count sheet and initialed it, told a peer she had re-written it so she would not lose her job, and admitted she put the original controlled drug count sheet in the shred box. The RN’s conduct was deceptive and created an inaccurate pharmacy record.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
In response to the allegations against her, the RN states the allegation is true and that she initially thought she made a medication error, but later learned she had not. However, she had already disposed of the initial handwritten narcotic sheet in the shred box.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to 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 actually 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. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.