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The timely administration of prescribed medications is fundamental to ensuring patient well-being and adherence to medical protocols. Deviations from these standard procedures not only pose risks to patient care but also raise concerns about transparency and communication within the healthcare setting. In situations like this, the expertise of a nurse attorney is crucial for addressing the legal and ethical implications surrounding medication administration delays and ensuring accountability for patient safety.

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.

On or about November 7, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, RN did not timely administer a bicarbonate drip to a patient for a low pH of 7.0 due to pharmacy delivery delay. Specifically, RN stated that the medication did not arrive from the pharmacy before leaving to Interventional Radiology for a procedure. RN did not document and/or notify the physician or her supervisor that the delivery of the bicarbonate drip was delayed. Subsequently, the patient required the medication during their procedure and a dose was given via intravenous push in the Interventional Radiology procedure room. The ordered drip was initiated after the patient returned from the procedure.

Without consulting a nurse attorney, RN responded to the above incident. RN stated that she notified the physician of the delay for the bicarbonate related to the pharmacy not sending it before she took the patient for their procedure. RN reports that she received a verbal order and administered bicarbonate push. RN states that the documentation shows the bicarbonate was administered. RN states that she acknowledges that in this one instance, she did not follow best practices. 

The above action constitutes 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)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).

However, without valid evidence to defend her side of the story, the RN lost the case. Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a Texas nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined the RN’s license.

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 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.