Following a facility’s policy and procedures is very important as well as doing proper documentation. If not done properly and accurately, it can put a patient in harm. Therefore, every RN should practice keeping accurate and complete medical records for documentation purposes. Inaccurate documentation can lead and can cause negative outcomes. If you are in such a situation, it is best to consult a nurse attorney to know what proper measures to take in facing cases.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Abilene, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year.
On or about August 27, 2018, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Abilene, Texas, RN failed to obtain a completed Endoscopy consent form for a patient. Subsequently, a time-out was performed before consent documentation was completed. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and could have delayed the patient receiving treatment.
On or about January 18, 2019, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Abilene, Texas, RN failed to document and/or conduct a pre-procedural time-out on another patient before his/her Endoscopy procedure. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and could have injured the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response to the above incidents, RN states that she acknowledges some shortcomings in her nursing practice as related to the above allegations. RN emphasizes that the above incidents occurred over the span of over one year and that they were relatively isolated in occurrence. RN’s June 2019 performance evaluation reflected that RN’s nursing care met expectations overall and specifically notes that she consistently provided excellent patient care. RN has been a nurse for nearly 40 years but believes that she can continually improve her nursing practice and will take this opportunity to do that.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(M),(1)(O)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
A case was ultimately filed against her before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The said allegation was fatal to the RN’s capability to perform the essential functions and duties. Sad to say, the nursing defense attorney who handled her case was not able to properly defend her interests and rights before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the offense alleged in the complaint and decided to discipline her RN license.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 150 nurse cases for the past 16 years. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.