Nurse’s Career Spared by Legal Work
A licensed practical nurse at a nursing home administered Haldol, a psychotropic medication, to a patient without an order. On her own, the nurse reported the error to her employer.
An investigation was begun by the licensing authority for nurses in New York state. Our attorneys represented the nurse and negotiated a proposed settlement that would include a one-month suspension and probation.
Our attorneys discussed the settlement with the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) because a suspension could, under state rules, result in a Medicaid exclusion that would essentially end the nurse’s career. We argued on the nurse’s behalf that such an exclusion was unjustified. The OMIG agreed, and censured the nurse but did not exclude her and allowed her to continue to serve in her chosen profession.
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