A licensed nurse in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever an LVN or RN finds herself in such a situation, she will need to find the best nurse attorney in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her license. Otherwise, the Texas Board of Nursing may find her guilty in the administrative case and order the revocation of her license.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about August 18, 2016, while employed as a Registered Nurse, and caring for a Patient, the RN failed to perform and/or document the patient’s respiratory rate and sedation level every two hours as required for a patient with a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump. In addition, the RN failed to document PCA total milliliters, demands, and deliveries every four hours as required for a patient with a PCA pump. The RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and could have contributed to the injury of the patient in that subsequent caregivers did not have accurate and complete information on which to base their decisions for further care.
In response to the incident, the RN states that a full assessment was documented on 8/1 8/16 at 21:32 including respiration and sedation level. Sedation level was again assessed and documented on 8/1 9/16 at 00:00 and 04:00. Respirations were documented with vital signs by the nurse aide at 23:30 and 03:36. With regard to documenting PCA totals, the policy at CMC was to clear the PCA pump totals with the oncoming nurse. The patient did not have any changes to their PCA totals after the RN’s initial documentation which was cleared with the previous nurse. This would lead the total count to read zero (0) as was documented by the nurse on the next shift.
However, without the help of an experienced nurse attorney, the RN’s defense led to the suspension of her license.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the complaint against her. She lost the case simply because the RN failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney.
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