Malpractices have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
One such incident occurred on or about March 2017 to an RN in El Paso, Texas. Before the initial time of the incident, she was employed in a medical facility in El Paso and had been in that position for more than one year.
On or about March 16, 2017, the RN falsely documented that she performed an arterial line dressing and tubing change for a patient in that the Charge Nurse actually performed the dressing and tubing change. Her conduct created an inaccurate medical record.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
During the hearing, the RN states she was having trouble disconnecting the tubing from the catheter that was inserted into the radial artery and he was afraid she would dislodge it and/or pull it out. She states she immediately stopped what she was doing and asked a fellow nurse for assistance. The RN states the other nurse was able to disconnect and reconnect the new tubing with the vamp to the catheter. She states she had intended to take over at that point and add the new dressing but states the other nurse proceeded to perform the dressing change for her.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.