An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead toward disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases.
On or about June 23, 2020, through July 7, 2020, while employed as a RN at a hospital in Arlington, Texas, RN removed Fentanyl 100mcg, Fentanyl 250mcg, and Midazolam 2mg from the facility medication dispensing system for patients but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures for wastage of unused portions of the medications. RN’s conduct left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
Another incident happened on or about June 24, 2020, through July 7, 2020, while employed as a RN at a hospital in Arlington, Texas, Texas, she misappropriated, or failed to take precautions to prevent the misappropriation of, Midazolam 2mg and Fentanyl 100mcg, belonging to the facility and patients thereof. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
In response, RN states if there were medications that were not appropriately wasted or documented as administered, it was due to her being asked to leave before her documentation was finished. RN offered to provide a drug screen and was told it would not be necessary. RN prides herself on her professionalism and did not intentionally make any errors in regard to her documentation.
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),(8),(10)(C),(10)(E)&(11)(B).
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action. Her defense would have gotten better if she sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney.
So, if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.