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The disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is an administrative proceeding wherein RN in Texas is charged for the commission of an offense or violation of certain state laws. Any RN in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever an RN finds herself in such a situation, she will need to find the best Texas nurse attorney in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her RN/LVN license. Otherwise, the Texas Board of Nursing may find her guilty in the administrative case and order for the revocation of her RN/LVN license.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) months.

On or about November 8, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, RN prepared breastmilk for two infant patients at the same time and failed to verify the breast milk with another nurse, per policy. As a result, RN administered another patient’s breastmilk to the patient in error. RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the infant to a risk of harm from possible exposure to infectious diseases and/or medications.

In response, RN states that she administered the breast milk that was prepared by her co-workers and the charge nurse for two infant patients at the same time. Additionally, neonates do not have ID bracelets on their wrists or ankles and were taped on top of the isolette and in the front of the charts and were not kept with the isolette (they were in the general area), and no patient labels in the milk bank room. Due to improper orientation RN may have administered the wrong breast milk and self-reported out of an abundance of caution and while advocating for her patient in that it may have caused the infant harm. Further, RN states she was provided inconsistent orientation to the NICU including, but not limited to, inconsistent preceptors, no skills checklist, and not instructed to verify breast milk with other NICU nurses. As a result, RN feared that she administered another patient’s breastmilk to the patient, in error.

The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(1)(O).

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.

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.