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An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped many RNs and LVNs in cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney when they underwent such cases. 

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a health facility in Frisco, Texas, and had been in that position for less than one (1) month. 

On or about August 14, 2018, through April 15, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to enter the correct medication into the patient’s Electronic Health Record (EHR). Specifically, the RN entered the medication Adderall five (5) milligrams into the student’s EHR. The correct authorized/ordered medication was Dexmethlyphenidate five (5) milligrams. Subsequently, the incorrect medication was documented as administered one hundred and thirty-nine times in the EHR. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record. 

It was on or about August 14, 2018, through April 15, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to ensure that Controlled Medications were accurately checked in, entered into the medical record, and accounted for eighteen (18) students. Subsequently, when a medication reconciliation was performed in the clinic on April 15, 2019, these students had medication that was missing and unaccounted for. The failure of the RN resulted in inaccurate medical records. 

Concerning the incidents that happened, the RN states that to her knowledge all medications were signed in on paper documents with herself, a substitute, or the aide, and they were initially brought in by parents, and she does know that some of the medications were signed in and administered prior to being entered into the system due to the workload. The delay in imputing the administered medications would have occurred only when the workload was immense, and her mentor advised her that she could wait to enter medications in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) due to busy day-to-day happenings in the clinic and the documentation could be completed thereafter. The RN further stated that this delay was fairly typical in most clinics, and all medications were meticulously counted in and out using a pill counter tray with parents as witnesses including the medications listed in the allegations, all medications were signed in by quantity with parent signatures acknowledging both the medication and dosing. It was asserted by the RN that at no time did a parent ever question missing doses of medication and at no point was there ever a concern about missing medications.

However, with the failure to hire an experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side, the RN was not able to properly defend her side of the story. 

Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license to disciplinary action.

If you wish to learn more information about accusations or any other case that may affect your license, Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is more than willing to assist you. He has represented numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-567.