Medical Records should be documented with complete and accurate information of patients along with correct administered medications. Tampering or altering medical records is illegal and is a crime punishable with fines and jail time. By doing such, it can mislead and can cause harm to patients. However, if you are dealing with such accusations or complaints, it is best to seek help from a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Frisco, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) years.
On or about February 11, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Frisco, Texas, RN failed to correctly administer a Fentanyl infusion at 5cc an hour for the patient, as ordered, and instead administered it at a rate of approximately 45cc an hour. Additionally, RN incorrectly documented that the infusion rate was 5cc an hour. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failing to administer medication as ordered by a physician could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions. Additionally, RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient, in that subsequent care givers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose.
In response, RN states that he incorrectly documented the infusion rate at 5cc an hour when the actual infusion rate was 50cc an hour. RN explains that the preceding nurse who titrated the dose up to 50cc an hour had incorrectly documented the infusion rate as 5cc an hour and RN continued this without noticing the mistake.
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) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4)&(6)(G).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.