There are instances where a nurse attorney can be very useful whenever an RN or an LVN faced charges, complaints, or any accusations. Patients tend to file complaints immediately whenever they experience poorly regarding patient care during treatment. But any RN or LVN can defend themselves when such a thing happens.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Frisco, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) months.
It was on or about January 23, 2020, an RN incorrectly administered medication to a patient that was intended for the other patient. More specifically, the RN failed to verify the medications in the Medication Administration Record (MAR), failed to scan the patient’s ID card for verification, and failed to scan the medications before administering them. Additionally, the RN failed to document the incident. The RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to a risk of harm from inappropriately administered medications.
In response, the RN states that she did administer a multivitamin, an iron pill, and Protonix to the patient, which was intended for the other patient. The RN states that she does recall scanning the medication and the patient ID, but the patients do not have any identifying information on their person, rather their ID cards are kept separate outside the cell. The RN explains that this cell contained 4 patients, of which two had the same last name, same first initial, and same ethnicity. The RN states that she did notify the physician, and documented the incident in a different system per the supervisor.
As a result of the RN’s misconduct, the RN has to face disciplinary action from the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself like hiring the right nurse attorney.
It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing charges related to drug use. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
You may contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.