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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 May 5, 2014, was one of those examples.

On or about May 5, 2014, the RN failed to verify the identity of an off-campus patient, who was a local school student, before administering Synthroid and Klonopin to the patient. As a result, she unknowingly administered the medications to the wrong student at a different school who was not a patient residing at the facility. Her conduct was likely to injure the student from adverse effects of contraindicated medications.

Subsequently, the RN failed to correct her documentation in the medical record of a patient after learning that the medications had actually been administered to a student who was not residing at the facility. Her conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the resident in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.

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.

During the hearing, the RN states that she was ordered to provide medications to a resident because another nurse assigned to the resident did not come to work on the day of the incident, and it was at that time she noticed the medication was not given to the resident before she was taken to school.

The RN states the error was easy to make as the two schools are adjacent to each other on the same street. She states that she was not familiar with the resident | patient because she was not assigned to the patient/resident’s unit. She states that she was with her supervisor the entire time and the Supervisor should have been familiar with the patient, so the error was the Supervisor’s to prevent.

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.

It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.

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.