In healthcare settings, the accurate administration and labeling of medications are paramount to ensure patient safety and the effectiveness of treatments. Nurses bear a significant responsibility in this regard, as they are typically the individuals directly involved in the preparation and administration of medications. Deviations from proper medication administration protocols can have serious consequences for patients and may raise concerns about the nurse’s competence and adherence to established procedures. In such cases, a nurse attorney can play a pivotal role in assisting the RN. Nurse attorneys are legal professionals with specialized knowledge in healthcare law and regulations. They are well-equipped to help the RN understand the legal implications of the alleged medication errors and any potential consequences.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in College Station, Texas, and had been in that position for fifteen (15) years and one (1) month.
On or about June 12, 2021, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in College Station, Texas, RN failed to properly label and administer intravenous medications to a patient in that RN mislabeled the intravenous tubing for Pitocin and Lactated Ringers. In addition, the Lactated Ringers was infusing via the infusion pump at the titrated Pitocin rate, while the Pitocin was infusing without the use of an infusion pump at an unknown rate. Later in the shift, while RN was on a break, another nurse provided care to the patient, who requested an epidural. The other nurse opened the line RN had labelled “LR” by opening the roller clamp in order to administer a fluid bolus in preparation for the patient’s receipt of the epidural, but realized that the tubing marked “LR” was actually the medication, Pitocin; thus, the other nurse administered an intravenous bolus of Pitocin. Subsequently, the patient’s fetus experienced a prolonged deceleration, but recovered. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to correctly administer medications could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
In response, RN states that it was a very busy morning and she does not know how she put a lactated ringers label on the Pitocin line. RN states that she was very sorry and did not know how this accident occurred.
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)(M)&(1)(C) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN enough 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 RN’s license under disciplinary action.
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