The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN/LVN in Texas found guilty of violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case. The complaint can be filed before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). But always remember when such a scenario occurs, a nurse attorney can help every RN or LVN with the cases they are going through.
When it comes to disciplinary proceedings before an administrative body in the state of Texas, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is to hire the best Texas nurse license attorney. This attorney can help any RN/LVN defend herself and try to prevent the revocation of the license of RN/LVN in Texas.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Plano, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) months.
On or about July 26, 2019, while employed as an RN in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at a healthcare facility in Plano, Texas, RN failed to notify the physician when a patient experienced elevated vital signs after surgery, and instead administered 20 mcg of Fentanyl in a single dose to the patient, instead of 10 mcg of Fentanyl every five minutes, as ordered. In addition, RN falsely documented in the patient’s medical record that she administered two separate doses of 10 mcg of Fentanyl five minutes apart. RN’s conduct exceeded her scope of practice and resulted in an inaccurate medical record.
In response, RN states that she administered the medication in a single 20 mcg dose to the patient, because the child was in great discomfort at the time she woke up from her surgery, and her blood pressure and heart rate were elevated. RN states that she intended to contact the physician and provide an explanation and obtain approval, but the physician had left the bedside; the phone was not nearby; there was no other nurse present, and their hand-held radios only worked sporadically. RN states that she thought she was making an educated decision to protect her patient, and also that if the anesthesiologist were nearby, he would have given a verbal order for that amount. RN states that the documentation was done in error, and she did not intend to mislead anyone.
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),(1)(M)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(6)(A).
The evidence against the RN was strong. At the same time, she was not able to properly defend her case in court. As a result, her nursing license was disciplined by the Texas BON.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense lawyer in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 150 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.