Overdose can be accidental or intentional. An overdose occurs when a person or a patient takes more than the medically prescribed dose. In nursing care, it is the duty of the assigned nurse to see to it that the administered medication correctly coincides with the physician’s order of dosage. But if an RN neglected such duty or made a mistake during her or his shift, a patient’s life will be at risk. And if an RN is accused and being summoned by the Board, a nurse attorney will be such a great help on the case.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about September 8, 2018, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Austin, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
1. RN failed to take precautions to prevent misappropriation of two (2) milligrams of Hydromorphone belonging to the facility or patients thereof. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
2. RN withdrew Hydromorphone from the medication dispensing system for a patient in excess dosage of the physician’s order and administered four (4) milligrams of Hydromorphone. As a result, the patient experienced low oxygen saturation and required an administration of Narcan. RN’s conduct injured the patient in that the administration of medications in excess dosage of the physician’s order resulted 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.
In response to the above incidents, RN admits to administering Hydromorphone in excess dosage of the physician’s order. In addition, RN denies failure to waste and misappropriation.
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) & (3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B), (1)(C), (4), (6)(G), (8), (10)(C), (10)(E) & (11)(B).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN sufficient time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the LVN’s license under disciplinary action.
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