Do you want to become a registered nurse in Texas? Are you aware that there are many steps that you need to complete in order to get a professional nursing license? Even after you have secured a license that will allow you to practice in the nursing profession, there is still a need to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the state especially by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The compliance to the state laws and administrative rules are important to ensure that your RN nurse will not be revoked nor suspended.
An example of a violation certain set of rules and regulations that led to the suspension of a nursing license involved the case of Lorna. She obtained her nursing decree in the early years of 2000 and eventually passed the Nursing Board Exam a year after. With her professional RN license, she was able to secure a job at a medical center. Everything was going well for her until one day; she received a notice from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) for an administrative charge against her.
The complaint alleged that while she was employed in the medical center, the RN nurse failed to completely and accurately assess and intervene for a particular patient medical record. Her inaction was questioned because she did not do anything after the patient complained of chest pains as well as excessive vomiting. The patient’s condition continued to deteriorate until the next nurse on duty brought him to the intensive care unit (ICU).
The main contention of the case filed against Lorna was that the RN nurse’s conduct delayed the onset of medical care that was needed to prevent further complications, and may have contributed to the patient’s ultimate demise. After receiving the notice, the RN nurse immediately filed an answer to the complaint. Fortunately for her, she was able to get a good nursing defense lawyer to help her with the case instituted before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
Notwithstanding the assistance of a lawyer, the Board still found her negligent for the failure to respond to the patient’s complaint. However, it was also proven before the tribunal that her inaction was not the proximate cause of the patient’s death. For this reason, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended her RN nursing license.
Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your response letter or the disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.