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Any accusations of professional misconduct should never be taken lightly. Even if you are certain that you have done nothing to such allegations, do not face the charges alone. You might end up leaving unprepared to answer questions which could, in turn, lead to you being deemed culpable. If you are summoned to appear before a licensing board regarding a disciplinary incident, you will need an experienced nurse attorney who knows how to handle nurse cases.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Longview, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.

On or about September 23, 2019, the RN failed to timely and appropriately intervenes when he was unable to obtain a blood pressure reading for a Patient who presented to the Emergency Department with poor oral intake for three (3) days. Subsequently, at 14:45, the patient was found without a pulse or respirations and attempts at Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) were unsuccessful. The RN’s conduct could have deprived the patient of timely medical interventions and may have contributed to the patient’s demise.

In response, the RN states that he obtained a full set of vital signs for the patient at triage, but that the blood pressure reading did not save for some reason. The RN remembered the approximate blood pressure value for the patient, but could not remember the exact reading and so did not chart the value after the fact. The physician either did not notice or was not concerned by the missing blood pressure, as he reviewed the chart and ordered labs for the patient. Upon notification by the patient’s daughter that the patient was no longer breathing, the RN immediately intervened by assessing the patient, calling a code, and initiating CPR per the family’s wishes.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to put the RN into disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again.

The case would have yielded a different result if the LVN was able to hire a nurse attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for a confidential consultation.