It is commonly known that the Texas Board of Nursing does not allow any type of behavior that can jeopardize the quality of healthcare provided across Texas hospitals, medical centers, home healthcare facilities, and any other facilities that employ nurses. If a nurse in Texas demonstrates any type of conduct that interferes with providing proper care to patients, the Texas BON will intervene with disciplinary action. Never worry as a nurse attorney is always there to help every RN/LVN.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and one (1) month.
On or about August 1, 2020, through March 14, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, RN failed to intervene regarding the substantial weight loss of the patient, including follow up assessments of patient weight and nutrition care planning. RN completed the admission nursing assessment in August 2020, and noted through visual observation, the patient had lost a substantial amount of weight, but the patient was unable to be weighed. From the dates of January 28, 2020, through April 11, 2020, it was documented the patient went from 104 pounds to 85 pounds, and the patient was six (6) feet tall. The patient expired on April 11, 2020, from acute aspiration bronchopneumonia complicated by hydrocephalus, seizure disorder, and malnutrition. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that significant changes in the patient’s nutritional status may have gone undetected and untreated and may have contributed to the patient’s subsequent demise.
In response, RN states that another nurse was providing care and oversight for this patient. RN states she did notify the physician of the patient’s weight loss on March 15, 2021.
The above action constitutes 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)(N)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(F)&(4).
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side, but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.