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Accusations at work are one of the cases that a nurse attorney can resolve. These professionals can guarantee their clients that any false accusations over them can be denied over the Texas Board of Nursing once you hire them for assistance. Sadly, an RN in Lancaster failed to do so.

On or about July 13, 2017, while employed as an Assistant Director of Nursing in a healthcare facility in Lancaster, the RN failed to adequately collaborate with the assigned nurse and physician for a patient, when the patient had a change in condition. The patient’s assigned nurse informed the RN that the patient was being sent to the hospital, at which time the RN assessed the patient, and failed to document an assessment in the patient’s medical record.

The RN instructed the assigned nurse to ask the doctor to order some labs instead of sending the patient to the hospital. Approximately two hours later, the RN was notified that the physician declined the labs and still wanted the patient sent to the hospital, and three hours after that, the patient arrived at the Emergency Room, with the right-sided facial droop and arm weakness, and diagnosed with a cerebral vascular accident.

The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from delayed treatment.

As a defense, the RN states that around 1 100 the charge nurse informed her that she was sending the patient to the emergency room. She states that she asked the charge nurse why and was told that the patient was weak. She reports that she asked the charge nurse what the patient’s vitals were.

The RN further states that she was told vitals were stable. She states that she went into the patient’s room and she assessed the patient, states that patient was able to communicate with her, sit up on the side of the bed, and grabbed both hands with a strong grip. The RN states that while she was assessing the patient the DON came into the patient’s room and assessed the patient also.  She reports that they both came out of the patient’s room and instructed the charge nurse to ask the physician if they could order labs and IV fluids due to generalized weakness and they both left the nurse’s station. She states that around 1315 she headed back to the nurse’s station and was told by the charge nurse that the physician had said no to the labs and to send the patient to the emergency room.

The RN states that she went into the patient’s room again and informed the patient that they were sending her to the hospital. She reports that the patient stated that she did not want to go, so she went to the nurse’s station and informed the charge nurse to call the patient’s daughter. She further states that she then informed the DON that the patient was going to the hospital and that physician had said no to the labs. The RN adds that the DON. nor herself were ever informed that the patient had a stroke or was having stroke-like symptoms.

The Board of Texas has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding RNs and LVNs who committed any forms of offenses. They are also the ones holding decisions whether the RN or LVN’s license has to be suspended, revoked, or disciplined. Therefore, the Board decided to summon the RN for a hearing to defend against the complaint filed to her – this is the part where a nurse attorney should be hired.

Because the RN failed to provide a nurse attorney to defend her case, the Texas Board of Nursing then considered the evidence given to them and sentenced the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She could have hired a nurse attorney to assist her in the case. To contact one, you may dial Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 to schedule a private consultation.