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Getting intoxicated by alcohol while at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a reliable nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.

On or about July 6, 2017, an LVN from Plano, Texas inappropriately administered ABH Gel (Ativan, Benadryl, and Haldol Gel) to a patient without a physician’s order. She obtained the ABH Gel, which had been discontinued from another patient, from the facility’s medication destruction cabinet.

Additionally, the LVN failed to document the administration of ABH Gel to a patient in the Medication Administration Record and/or the nurses’ notes. Her conduct was likely to injure the resident, in that the administration of medications without a valid physician’s order could result in the resident suffering from adverse reactions, and her conduct placed the facility in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act).

Additionally, the LVN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.

Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side.  She states that on the day in question, the patient was a newly admitted resident who became agitated and aggressive after lunch time. She states that one staff member was assigned to stay with the patient, and at some point the patient bolted for the front entrance and out the door. The LVN states that two staff members picked up the patient and brought him back inside as he continued to fight. She further states that she was worried about everyone’s well-being and safety, so she obtained ABH gel (a compound of Ativan, Benadryl and Haldol) from the medication destruction cabinet to apply to the patient.

The LVN states that two applications of the medicine were destroyed during her attempts to administer, but she was able to get a small amount on him during her third attempt. She states that she made several attempts the next day to contact the family physician without success. She states that it was also her last day at this community due to a new position which she currently holds.

If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.