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In Texas, the government has created a special agency that has the jurisdiction to handle controversies and cases involving the nursing profession. This tribunal is called the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Every RN or LVN subjected to a disciplinary proceeding or administrative case before the Board is given an opportunity to be heard and defend himself from all accusations. Every nurse with a pending case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is encouraged to hire a nurse attorney.

An RN who was employed as a Charge Nurse at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, had been in that position for sixteen (16) years and seven (7) months had failed to ensure the proper performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a patient when the patient was found unresponsive in that she didn’t speak out that the resuscitation bag was not connected to the patient’s tracheotomy for rescue breathing when it was determined that the patient was not breathing. In addition, the RN failed to use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) when there was no pulse after rounds of CPR compressions. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) was called, and the patient was pronounced dead. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from lack of appropriate nursing care, including possible demise.

As a response, the RN states that the Registered Nurse directed others involved in the CPR, and directed her to focus on chest compressions while the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) was directed to focus on ventilation. She indicates that the other RN said that the patient’s chest wasn’t rising. She then related it was most likely due to the Ambu bag-mask being on the mouth/nose, rather than on the trach tube. She explains that it wasn’t her role to ensure that the rescue bag was connected to the patient’s trach for rescue breathing, that she couldn’t have done both compressions and rescue breathing, and she can’t be held responsible for not performing CPR properly. She indicates that when there’s not a facility policy that explicitly details the person who would be responsible for directing others in a Code Blue, confusion can result, and rescuers aren’t sure whether to abide by their own knowledge or trust a more educated team member. She also indicates that the facility’s policy regarding AED uses required orders by the physician, which was not in the resident’s records. And she additionally explains that the patient didn’t have witnessed sudden collapse, and it’s unknown for how long the patient had been without spontaneous respirations, making the possibility of successful resuscitation very unlikely regardless of what measures were taken.

Therefore, the Texas Board of Nursing states that the RN’s conduct has exposed the patient to the risk of harm resulting in the patient’s demise. Due to her conduct, the RN is facing disciplinary action but failed to hire the right nurse attorney. Without such good defense, further sanctions may apply.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty for the complaint against her and her RN license was suspended. She lost the case simply because the RN failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation