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Nurses are also reported for allegations involving substance abuse, mental health issues and related incidents. Nurses who are reported for these types of issues are usually reported first to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN).
A 2018 study conducted by the TBON presented a root cause analysis of errors nurses make that resulted in them facing some form of discipline. The study organized the various practice breakdown nurses experienced. It revealed that nurses usually experienced eight (8) categories of nursing practice breakdowns. Two of these categories, medication errors and documentation errors, were reviewed separately from the other six (6) categories.
It was found that in 37.1% of overall practice breakdown, documentation error was present. In 36.5 % of overall practice breakdown, medication error was present.
The TBON found the following types of documentation errors to be the most common types:
Incomplete or lack of charting
Charting incorrect information
Pre-charting or untimely charting
Charting on wrong patient record
The other six (6) categories where practice breakdown occurred were:
Interpretation of Order
If the TBON believes that a practice breakdown and or a violation of Board rule(s), NPA, or some policy, procedure or other law, has occurred and believes that alerting the nurse of this violation will not jeopardize their investigation, it will send the nurse a initial letter of investigation.
A nursing license attorney has the experience and knowledge that is needed to protect your nursing license and stand up against the TBON on your behalf.