Losing your license may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire a nurse attorney for the case. Some RNs and LVNs missed their chances to get their license saved from revocation only because they weren’t able to hire any nurse attorney to defend them. This RN from Dallas, Texas happens to be one of them.
On or about January 2, 2016, the RN failed to administer medications at 9 pm, as ordered for several patients and falsely documented that she administered them more than one hour beyond the ordered administration time to the patients.
Her conduct was deceptive, resulted in inaccurate medical records, and was likely to injure the residents in that subsequent caregivers would not have reliable information on which to base their care decisions
On the same date, she also failed to properly store the prepared insulin of a patient; left a medication drawer unlocked while she went on break; attempted to leave the facility without performing a controlled medication count with the oncoming nurse; and left the keys to the medication room and controlled medication drawer with a non-licensed staff member. Her conduct was likely to injure the residents from failure to follow safe medication administration and storage processes.
As a defense to the complaints filed against her, the RN states that signing out more than one medication per line on the medication count sheet was something that she had done before, had seen regular employees do, she wasn’t aware that it wasn’t allowed, and that this can be attributed to inadequate training. She states that if she documented administering the medications, then she gave them.
The RN relates that medications may have been scanned late, but were given. She relates that she did not leave the controlled drawer open, but the non-control drawer may have been left unlocked. She indicates that she had a difficult pregnancy, and got sick when she went on break.
The RN relates that she did give the keys to another staff member to give to the medication nurse in case a patient needed something before she returned. She adds that she wasn’t aware she wasn’t supposed to leave the facility while on break, but that as soon as she stopped vomiting, she returned to the med room, completed the narcotic count which was correct.
The RN could possibly win her case only if she hired an experienced nurse attorney for assistance, causing her to lose her RN license.
Losing your LVN or RN license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. For assistance regarding your nurse license case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.