The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. An RN in Texas needs to follow several rules and regulations in order to prevent the revocation of her RN license. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence which may have put their RN license in danger. This is why nurses need a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about September 11, 2019, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, RN went to the wrong room to retrieve a patient, failed to verify the patient’s armband, and brought Patient A to the Operating Room (OR) for an Endoscopic procedure instead of Patient B. This error was discovered by the physician and Endo Tech. RN’s conduct could have injured the patient in that the wrong procedure could result in the patient suffering from an unnecessary procedure and/or adverse reactions.
On or about October 10, 2019, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, RN failed to appropriately conduct a pre-procedural time-out before a pediatric patient was brought to the Operating Room and put under anesthesia. In addition, RN failed to follow the required dress code and wore her personal jacket into the sterile Operating Room (OR). 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 addition, the RN’s conduct of wearing personal attire in a sterile operating room created an unsafe environment and could have exposed the patient to contamination.
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).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN / LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579.