An inappropriate administration of medication can bring a great risk of harm to any patient. It is part of the nurse’s duty to ensure that the patient was administered the correct medication. But if an RN incorrectly administered the wrong medication, there’s a corresponding consequence to it. The Texas Board of Nursing may summon you and subject you to disciplinary action or even worse than that. But a nurse attorney on the other hand can help you get through such a situation.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Harlingen, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about December 24, 2018, an RN inappropriately administered Potassium 40 mEq to a patient, who had an elevated Potassium level of 5.6. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from the effects of excessive potassium including abnormal heart rhythms and possibly death.
And on or about December 24, 2018, the RN failed to timely administer Potassium Chloride 40mEq to a patient as ordered by the physician. The RN’s conduct was likely to harm the patient from the ineffective treatment of low Potassium.
In response, the RN states that she did report the Potassium levels to the physician, but perhaps she should have called him also, but she thought that he would be coming on his rounds, which he did. The RN states that no harm came to the patients as a result of this.
As a result, the RN is facing the consequences of her actions. The Board has to take the RN into disciplinary action since the RN has not been able to have a nurse attorney by her side to defend her.
Having a nurse lawyer around during the trial of your case can change the outcome of the case you are dealing with. So, if ever you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for nurse attorney Yong.