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The role of a nurse is very essential in inpatient care. A patient’s recovery with long-term health outcomes is implicated by the quality of care that nurses give to their patients. Although they give such quality care, a lot of factors hinder nurses in giving such care. Sometimes nurses make mistakes in providing patient care and can be counted as a violation of the Nursing Practice Act or to any related rules and regulations of nursing. If you are an RN and such a situation happens, always remember that a nurse attorney can help.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a detention facility in Plano, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and eight (8) months.

On or about October 8, 2020, while employed as an RN at a detention facility in Plano, Texas, RN was accused of the following:

  1. RN added Celexa to the medication list of a patient without a valid physician’s order. Instead, RN inaccurately documented that the patient had a current order from Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for Celexa. The TDCJ prescription had not been filled in the previous three (3) months, therefore, the criteria for Standing Order for Medication Continuity was not met. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects of Celexa administered without supervision of a physician.
  2. RN failed to obtain proof of a valid, current insulin prescription for another patient prior to requesting a provider’s order to continue the medication. Instead, RN based the prescription information on a verbal report from the patient. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from clinical decisions based on unverified prescription history.

In response, RN states that she did not inaccurately document the patient’s prescription. Furthermore, RN states that she appropriately contacted and provided the Nurse Practitioner with the patient’s sliding scale. Further, the patient was provided the sliding scale as written by the Nurse Practitioner. The patient was provided the appropriate and necessary medication. 

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)(D),(1)(M)&(1)(P) 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 BON 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 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.