Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
On or about September 29, 2017, through September 30, 2017, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in Woodland, the RN failed to advocate for a patient and escalate the situation when the patient experienced a decline in status throughout her shift, with oxygen desaturation, worsening tachypnea, and elevated temperature. The RN sent the physician a text message at the beginning of her shift but there was no response, with no follow-up until 0530.
The RN was summoned before the Board to defend against the case. In response to the incident, the RN states that at the beginning of her shift, she carried out physician orders to place an NGT and confirmed placement by auscultation and X-ray. She states that the patient was stable prior to 0530 on the nasal cannula, except for a few agitation episodes that she believed were due to delirium tremens, where the patient then required a non-rebreather mask to maintain good oxygen saturation. She further states that she sent a text message to the attending physician about the patient’s status and did not receive a reply.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.