An incorrect administration of medication can bring a great risk of harm to any patient. It is part of the nurse’s duty to ensure that the patient was administered the correct medication. But if an RN incorrectly administered the wrong medication, there’s a corresponding consequence to it. The Board may summon you and subject you to disciplinary action or even worse than that. But a nurse attorney on the other hand can help you get through such a situation.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year.
It was on or about April 11, 2019, through June 13, 2019, an RN incorrectly administered Procrit to a patient without a physician’s order on two separate occasions. Specifically, the patient presented to the clinic with the Procrit, and the RN administered the medication without appropriate lab results or an order. Additionally, the RN failed to correctly and/or completely document both administrations of the Procrit to the patient in the medical record, in that Respondent did not document the administration in the Medication Administration Record (MAR) and failed to document all required components of the administration. The RN’s conduct could have injured the patient from adverse reactions to medication administered without the benefit of a physician’s expertise.
In response to the incident, the RN acknowledges that she did administer the medication at issue. In both instances, the patient presented to a Care clinic with her prescribed and refrigerated Procrit dose, which was to be administered by her nephrologist’s office that day. The patient was not going to be able to make it to her nephrology appointment, and out of concern that the medication would not be administered on schedule or would expire; the RN administered the medication at the patient’s request. Prior to administering, the RN called the Nephrologist’s office and verified that a medication order existed and verified the criteria for administering it. The RN states that the patient met the nephrologist’s requirements for the Procrit administration. The RN states that the patient tolerated the injection. The RN states that at both administrations, she documented her administration of the Procrit in her telephone triage notes, along with a notation of the criteria from the nephrologist’s office.
Thus, the RN is facing the consequences of her actions. The Board has to take the RN into disciplinary action since the RN has not been able to have a nurse attorney by her side to defend her.
Having a nurse lawyer around during the trial of your case can change the outcome of the case you are dealing with. So, if ever you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.