Malpractices have been a signature specialty of an experienced nurse attorney when handling cases 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.
One such incident occurred on or about August 21, 2012, to an RN in El Paso, Texas. During the said period of time, withdrew Tramadol and Hydrocodone from the medication dispensing system for patients but failed to document and accurately and completely document, the administration of the medications in the patients’ Medication Administration Record (MAR) and/or Nurses’ Notes.
Subsequently, the RN misappropriated ten tabs of Hydrocodone 5/325 from a patient 50507, ten tabs of Hydrocodone 5/325, and one tab Tramadol 50mg, belonging to the facility and patients thereof or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation.
The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients, thereof, of the cost of the medications. Further, her conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, her conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
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.
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.