False documentation use has been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
On or about October 10, 2015, through October 11, 2015, while employed in a medical facility in Dallas, the RN failed to verify medication prior to administering them to two patients. As a result, she mistakenly administered one patient’s blood pressure medication to another patient. The first patient did not receive her blood pressure medication for two (2) days and experienced a severe hypertensive episode.
In addition, she falsely documented that she administered blood pressure medication to the patient in the resident’s medication administration record (MAR). The resident denied that she received her medication over the weekend. Her conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient from medication administered without the benefit of a physician’s expertise.
The RN’s conduct may also have prevented the residents from receiving medical interventions and may have injured the residents from the adverse effects of taking medication that was not ordered by their provider.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
During the hearing, she states she did not document that she had given medication to patients. That could have been done by the nurse who relieved her when she was told to clock out. Because of a lack of orientation and the problem they had with the computer system, medications were not administered in a timely manner. She was not aware of the policy and procedure to be followed.
However, the RN failed to hire an effective nurse attorney to help her defend her side. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to 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 actually 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. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.