Inaccurate medical records about a patient’s diagnosis or symptoms can cause great harm to the patient as well to the doctors and nurses assigned to take care of the patient. Their licenses could be at stake. Attorneys on the other hand are the ones who took care of and help medical practitioners with their cases. For RNs, they do not need just any attorney but a nurse attorney. A nurse attorney knows the best regarding cases filed against RNs. That is why RNs should consider hiring a nurse attorney for the defense.
At the time of the initial incident, Respondent was employed as a Registered Nurse at a Hospital in McAllen, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
An incident had happened on or about April 3, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN inaccurately documented in a patient’s Medication Administration Record (MAR) that she administered two (2) tabs of Hydrocodone in that there were no medication withdrawals for two (2) of the tabs from the medication dispensing system. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate information on which to base their care decisions. Additionally, the RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In response to the incident, the RN acknowledges an issue with the pharmacy pull may have occurred since she was scanning patient barcodes from a sheet of paper instead of the actual patient. She states she may have scanned the wrong patient’s barcode resulting in the issue.
An RN involved in such a situation should need a nurse attorney for help and assistance on how to overcome such a problem. But since the RN who is involved in the incident mentioned above did not hire a nurse attorney for the case, she was sanctioned by the Board and is subject to disciplinary action.
A nurse attorney can greatly help any nurses and take on the important role of defending them in any case. This is why a nurse should be smart and wise in dealing their own cases.
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