Any type of accusation or negligence can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Denton, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and ten (10) months.
On or about August 26, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to verify the correct infusion rate on the tubing of the chemotherapy intravenous (CIV) infusion for the patient and the second patient before starting the infusion of Fluorouracil. The patients received the infusion at a greater rate than the physician’s order stated and were then given the antidote and steroid treatment in the hospital. The RN’s conduct could have resulted in injury to the patients.
In relation to the situation that occurred, the RN states that the pharmacy technician informed her that she would be using a new chemotherapy pump that day. Unbeknownst to all, the pharmacy technician ordered the incorrect infusion device. An infusion device with a rate of 100ml/hr, rather than 2ml/hr. was ordered. This mistake was not caught and the order was approved. The RN indicates she informed the pharmacy technician in front of her Nurse Manager that the nursing staff had not received any training on the device, and that she was not comfortable using the new pump. The said RN relates that her Nurse Manager did not say to not use the new pump. The said RN further explains that even though she and a co-worker checked the new pump, she misread the pump’s infusion rate as the pump’s total volume. The patients received the infusion at a greater rate than the physician ordered. The patients received in error a forty-six (46) hour dose of Fluorouracil over about two (2) hours. It was also added by the RN that the error was caught relatively soon; the patients were told to clamp their pumps and re-called into the office where the physician told them they needed hospital admission for Vistogard treatment, an antidote, and supportive care. The RN indicated that the nursing staff did not receive training on the Avanos CIV pumps until after this incident.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license to disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.