Accusations, complaints, allegations towards an RN or an LVN are reviewed and evaluated by the Board, if they need to be disciplined or not. But if you are an RN and violated the nursing laws, you should seek proper help from a nurse attorney. Doing so could result in a different outcome and prevent your license from suspension or revocation.
At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Longview, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and seven (7) months.
During the incident on or about October 4, 2018, through October 18, 2018, the RN withdrew medications for patients from the medication dispensing system without accurately/completely documenting their administration or wastage of the unused portions of the medications. Further, the RN again withdrew medications for patients from the medication dispensing system in the excess frequency of the physician’s order, without a physician’s order, and/or without a documented pain assessment score. Her conduct could have injured the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, the RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
With regards to the incident, the RN states that she may not have documented it because she became overwhelmed with her patient load and struggled with time management.
And on or about September 23, 2019, the RN underwent a Chemical Dependency evaluation wherein the RN did not appear to have a substance dependence disorder that would prevent her from practicing nursing with reasonable skill and safety to her patients. The RN’s poor documentation is evident and suggests that the RN may benefit from continuing education related to documentation regarding narcotic medications.
As a conclusion, a notice was served in accordance with the law. And that the evidence received is sufficient cause pursuant to Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, to take disciplinary action against the RN.
She has failed to hire a nurse attorney to fully defend her case and had led to her surrendering her license.
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