An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an RN committed on September 10, 2013, was one of those examples.

On or about September 10, 2013, the RN inappropriately administered 1 tablet of Norco for the patient’s complaint of pain on the pain scale instead of tablet as ordered for complaints of pain.

Further, the RN then improperly documented that she actually administered 12 tablet of Norco. Her conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and unnecessarily exposed the patient to risk of adverse effects of over medication including respiratory depression and or liver problems

On or about March 13, 2014, the RN left a half drawn up syringe with the attached needle inside a bottle of Protonix in the bed of a patient. The RN failed to administer the medication at the appropriate time as ordered and falsely documented that it was administered correctly. Her conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and placed the patient and staff at risk of accidental injury and or infection from a needle stick injury

The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding errors committed by an RN or LVN. Thus, she was called by the Board to defend against the case. She admits and takes responsibility for her errors, lack of attention to details, and follow up on her documentation. 

During the hearing, the RN admits to the documentation a or stating she unintentionally documented one half Y2 tablet rather than one 1 full to let as being administered because the patient had both an order for one 1 full tablet an order for one half 2 tablet.

Regarding the Protonix, the RN reports she carefully compounded Protonix to administer to the patient as ordered but she left the Protonix compound behind when she was called away by a Physician to immediately answer a phone call.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse lawyer for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.