All nurses have orders to be followed to ensure a patient is on the right track to recovery. Missing an order or inaccurate execution of a physician’s order could harm a patient which could result in a poor outcome. And if you are accused of negligence, seek help from a nurse attorney. You should know ways to defend your stand against such accusations or allegations. Hiring a nurse attorney can surely help.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, RN, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about June 23, 2019, while employed as an RN at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, RN failed to follow the physician’s order to administer 500 ml of Normal Saline before and after the administration of the antibiotic, Amikacin, to a patient, as ordered to protect the patient’s renal function. Instead, RN incorrectly administered 1000 ml of Normal Saline to the patient prior to the administration of the antibiotic. RN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm in that failure to administer intravenous fluids as ordered by the physician could have resulted in the non-efficacious treatment of the patient’s renal condition.
In response, RN states that the patient’s renal function was poor, and it was not uncommon to flush a patient with 1000ml instead of 500ml. RN states that when she opened the Pyxis, the drawer opened on the 1000ml bag instead of the 500ml bag, so she scanned and administered the whole bag.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(6)(H).
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under 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 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. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.