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An RN or LVN who violates the state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) should seek proper help from a nurse attorney. Doing so could make or break their cases. As a matter of fact, the RN license can even be suspended or revoked if not defended properly.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.

It was on or about August 25, 2018, when the RN failed to safely apply nursing interventions for an infiltrated IV site when she inappropriately placed the hot packs directly onto the skin of the patient. Subsequently, the patient suffered seconddegree burns to both arms where the hot packs were placed. The RN failed to document the placement of the hot packs in the patient’s medical record. The RN’s conduct created anincomplete medical record and caused the patient to experience unnecessary pain and placed the patient at further risk of undue harm from medical complications.

And as a response to the incident, the RN states that after the infiltrated IV in the patient’s right arm was removed, it was sore and slightly swollen so she offered the patient a hot pack to place directly on her arm where the IV had been located. Approximately three (3) minutes later the patient stated it was uncomfortable so she removed the hot pack. The RN states at that time there were no signs of bums or blistering. The RN further states that she attempted a new IV site to the patient’s left arm without success so she temporarily placed a hot pack on the site where the IV was attempted as well but removed the hot pack after one (1) minute. The RN states that prior to leaving the patient’s room another hot pack was placed on the patient’s right armwhere the original IV site was located and that she instructed the patient to remove it at any time. The RN states that she was notified by the oncoming technician that the patient’s arm was burned.

As a result, her RN license was disciplined and suspended by the Texas BON. She did not have an experienced attorney to fully defend her case led to this decision by the Texas BON.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of nurse attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for nurse attorney Yong.