Every practicing RN in the state of Texas is required to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the government. These laws and statutes were implemented to ensure that the safety of the patients is protected by the state. An RN who commits any violation can place his RN License in jeopardy. The Texas Board of Nursing has the authority to revoke or suspend an RN license in the country for as long as there is a justifiable reason. Failure to hire a Texas nurse attorney could lead to RN license suspension.
At the time of the initial incident, RN was employed at a health care facility in Beaumont, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) years and two (2) months.
On or about May 15, 2020, while employed at a hospital in Beaumont, Texas, RN failed to document ear wax flushes that he performed on a patient, or his reassessment of the patient after the ear wax flushes. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have reliable information on which to base their care decisions.
On or about August 21, 2020, while employed as a Staff Nurse with a health care facility in Beaumont, Texas, RN failed to notify the physician and fully assess and obtain vital signs when the aforementioned patient showed up at the clinic complaining of ear pain, and told the patient he could leave the clinic. In addition, RN failed to document a nurse visit note. Instead, RN documented a patient case note to the physician requesting medication for ear pain. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from lack of appropriate nursing care.
In response, RN states that he did do the ear wash on the patient, and did reassess the patient, but then got busy with other patients, the doctor, and the ringing phones, and just forgot to go into the patient’s chart and document everything. RN states that on August 21, 2020, he sent an urgent message to the doctor regarding the patient.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.463(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)(P)&(2)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The evidence against the RN was strong. At the same time, he was not able to properly defend his case in court. As a result, his nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.