The outcome of the patient’s health will be based on the nurse’s efforts and proper care. However, if an RN conducts improper care which can harm the patient, he or she may face complaints or allegation cases. An RN should come prepared before appearing or facing the Board. A nurse attorney can be your best defense against any circumstances.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Carrollton, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) years and three (3) months.
On or about February 13, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Carrollton, Texas, and providing care for the patient, RN inappropriately failed to administer the 2nd bag of 0.9% NaCl with Mannitol, per orders, and failed to appropriately notify the physician. Further, RN inappropriately reported, during shift change report to the oncoming nurse, that she had administered the medication. RN’s conduct may have injured the patient from increased risk of side effects to chemotherapy, due to delay in physician ordered Mannitol.
Another incident happened on or about May 5, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Carrollton, Texas, and providing care for a patient, RN inappropriately dripped intravenous Mesna into a styrofoam drinking cup while clearing the line and left it at the patient’s bedside. Patient reported to staff the next morning that during the night he started to drink from the cup and took some of the fluid into his mouth, before spitting it out. Subsequently the patient had an ulcer on the tip of his tongue. RN’s conduct may have injured the patient due to failure to appropriately dispose of wasted medication.
In response, RN reports the 2nd bag of sodium chloride with mannitol was not available to administer, the pharmacy was alerted to send a bag and she reported to the oncoming nurse that the bag was not given. Furthermore, RN reports she noticed air in the line and opened the flush to express the air out of the line at approximately 7 pm; this was done prior to connecting the IFEX to the line. RN states she doesn’t recall doing this over a cup, and why was it not reported until the next morning.
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),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.