Every practicing RN in the state of Texas is required to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the government. These laws and statutes were implemented to ensure that the safety of the patients is protected by the state. The nursing profession is not an easy journey. An RN who commits any violation can place her RN license in jeopardy if not properly defended by a nurse attorney. The Texas Board of Nursing has the authority to revoke or suspend an RN license in the country for as long as there is a justifiable reason.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a pediatric hospital in Harlingen, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) years and one (1) month.
On or about August l, 2019, through August 31, 2019, while employed as an RN at a pediatric hospital in Harlingen, Texas, RN failed to administer Hydrocodone /APAP to patients as ordered by a physician. More specifically, RN administered Hydrocodone/APAP to patients noted as being asleep and/or with a documented pain score of zero despite the physician’s order stating to administer the medication for a pain score of 1-5 or 6-10. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medication as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
In response, RN takes full responsibility for her actions. RN states it was her practice to review her patients’ charts and visit with each of them at the beginning of her shift to discuss their care. RN states she always asked the patients if they wanted to be woken up to take their scheduled pain medication. RN states the patients who were documented as being asleep responded that they wanted to be woken up to take their scheduled pain medication because they did not want to be in pain. RN states she had been told by physicians to give the patients their pain medication as scheduled even if their pain level was zero, so long as it was scheduled, and they requested it.
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) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Make sure that you will not make the same mistake as the RN mentioned above in her case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 200 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.