Your license is one of RN’s most valuable assets. You need to protect your license as well as your right to practice as best as you can. In doing so, a nurse attorney in Dallas is the one to depend on. If you are summoned to appear before a licensing board regarding a disciplinary incident, you will need an experienced nurse attorney in Dallas who knows how to handle nurse cases.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN and Treatment Nurse with a nursing and rehabilitation center in Dallas, Texas, and had been in that position for fourteen (14) years and six (6) months.
On or about April 20, 2020, through June 15, 2020, while employed as an RN and Treatment Nurse with a nursing and rehabilitation center in Dallas, Texas, RN did the following:
- Failed to notify the physician in a timely manner regarding the status of a Stage II ulcer in the right and left buttock, Stage III sacral pressure ulcer, and decline and change in condition of wounds discovered upon assessment for a resident. Additionally, RN failed to obtain a physician’s order for treatment of wound(s) when directly communicating with the physician. The resident was seen by a wound care physician on May 10, 2020 and was immediately transferred to the emergency room for treatment of an infected sacral ulcer and sepsis. RN’s conduct resulted in a delay in treatment for the resident that was needed to prevent further complications and worsening wound condition.
- Failed to notify the patient’s guardian in a timely manner regarding pressure ulcers for a resident. The status of the resident’s wounds was discovered to have deteriorated beginning two (2) weeks prior to notification of the family and guardian. RN’s conduct prevented the resident’s medical decision maker from being part of the resident’s treatment plan and care decisions.
In response, RN states when notified by the 24-hour report of a new wound to the resident, an assessment was completed and the Director of Nursing (DON) was notified. RN states he implemented standing wound care orders as set up by the Primary Care Physician (PCP), and that he followed the facility’s policies and procedure orders for a low air mattress and supplements. RN states he noted the wound to the left and right buttocks healed within two-three weeks without complications, but on the fourth week, he noted a decline in the sacral wound. RN states he notified the PCP and patient’s guardian and was informed the guardian was on vacation and to inform their supervisor. RN states he notified the DON of the change and orders. RN states he was able to get the resident an appointment to the wound care clinic in Dallas that week, and informed the guardian, their supervisor, PCP and the DON.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.