Any RN in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever a LVN or a RN finds herself in such a situation, she will need to find a nurse attorney who can help in the case effectively. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her RN / LVN license. Otherwise, the Texas Board of Nursing may find her guilty in the administrative case and order for the revocation of her RN / LVN license.
This is the incident that happened to an RN in 2018. At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a home care pediatric service provider in Pharr, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and ten (10) months.
On or about July 9, 2018. while employed as an RN with a home care pediatric service provider in Pharr, Texas, and assigned to provide nursing care to a patient, RN did the following:
- bathed the patient in hot water which caused redness, blistering, and peeling to the patient’s inner thighs, perineum. buttocks. and right hand. Subsequently, the patient was transported to the nearest Regional Medical Center and sustained Second (2nd) Degree bums. RN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm in that the patient sustained burns.
- failed to immediately notify the physician that the patient sustained burns while bathing. RN’s conduct deprived the physician of information needed to prevent complications, created an incomplete medical record, and could have injured the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have accurate information on which to base their decisions for further care.
In response, RN states she is regretful and apologetic that this accident occurred. Within the hour following the accident, she contacted her supervisor, the patient’s mother, and the patient’s primary care physician. She has made changes to her practice as a result of this incident and understands that her first call should be to the patient’s physician.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D)&(3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing decided to impose disciplinary actions on the RN and her license. It’s because she failed to hire a good nurse attorney for the case, which is why her defense was not matched with the evidence that the Board possesses.
If you are facing disciplinary action by the Texas BON, contact the Law Firm of Yong J. An today to speak to attorney Yong directly by calling or texting (832) 428-5679. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who represented over 150 various nurses in their cases for the past 16 years. Feel free to contact him 24/7 for a confidential consultation.