Every practicing RN in the state of Texas is required to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the government. These laws and statutes were implemented to ensure that the safety of the patients is protected by the state. The nursing profession is not an easy journey. An RN who commits any violation can place her RN License in jeopardy if not properly defended by a nurse attorney. The Texas Board of Nursing has the authority to revoke or suspend an RN license in the country for as long as there is a justifiable reason.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Houston, Texas, and had been in that position for eleven (11) months.
On or about November 12, 2018, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Houston, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
1. RN withdrew Fentanyl 100mcg from the Pyxis medication dispensing system for a patient without a valid physician’s order. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that the administration of the medication without a valid physician’s order could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions, and RN conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
2. RN withdrew Fentanyl from the Pyxis medication dispensing system for the above-mentioned patient but failed to document the administration and wastage of the medication in the patient’s medical record. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(10)(C)&(11)(B).
However, the lack of evidence and expert nurse attorney to defend her led to the Texas Board of Nursing’s decision to subject her RN license to disciplinary action.
Make sure that you will not make the same mistake as the RN mentioned above in her case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.