Every person who wants to become a holder of a license in the state of Texas needs to go through several processes. First of all, there is a need to complete tertiary education in a nursing school. After graduation, the next step is to take the nursing board examination. The goal is to pass the said exam in order to become part of the professional RN and LVN in Texas. All these only show that the process is not really easy. Hence, every LVN or RN must take care of her license. One wrong move can result in the suspension or revocation of their license if not properly defended by a nurse attorney. The administrative body or agency that has the authority to hear cases regarding the nursing profession is the Texas Board of Nursing.
An RN, who was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and seven (7) months.
It was on or about December 31, 2017, when the RN assisted the primary RN and the family member of the patient, who was bed-bound, by helping them place the patient into the bed of the family member’s truck after the patient had been discharged from the facility. Additionally, the RN and the other Registered Nurse covered the patient with a blanket in an attempt to protect the patient from the freezing temperatures. The RN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm.
In response, the RN states that the primary nurse came to the nurse’s station and told her that the House Supervisor had approved for the patient to be transported via the caregiver’s truck since the patient’s health insurance did not cover an ambulance fee. The RN states that she questioned the primary nurse, but was given reassurance that the House Supervisor had approved of this mode of transportation. The RN then states that the primary nurse also told her that the patient’s boyfriend was adamant about transporting the patient via his truck. The RN also states that she questioned the primary nurse multiple times, but she kept saying the boyfriend was insistent and impatient about staying longer in the hospital. The RN admits that she, the primary nurse, and a patient care assistant, all went to the patient’s room and worked on moving the patient from the bed, to the stretcher, and then to the truck. The RN lastly states that they laid the patient on a pad in the back of the truck and assured them that she was covered with several blankets. The patient was to be transported from the hospital to her home, a distance of only approximately three (3) miles.
Due to these events, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty and put her into disciplinary action. The story of the RN only shows how challenging it is to keep hold of your RN license in Texas. Make sure that you know how to avoid a similar situation like this from happening in the future or to avoid further sanction. Prepare yourself by engaging the services of a nurse attorney.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An by text or call nurse attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579.