Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke, suspend, or only discipline their license. Take note that a nurse attorney can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
At the time of the incidents, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Galveston, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) months.
On or about October 11, 2016, while employed as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, the RN failed to assess and document neurological assessments for a Patient every hour as ordered. The RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and exposed the patient to the risk of harm from undetected changes of condition and subsequent care decisions made without the benefit of accurate and reliable information.
On or about October 11, 2016, while employed as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, the RN failed to document the blood pressures and heart rates of a Patient every fifteen (15) minutes as ordered. Further, the RN failed to document indications for increasing the rate of norepinephrine infusion being administered to the patient. The RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and exposed the patient to the risk of harm from subsequent care decisions made without the benefit of accurate and reliable information.
In response, the RN states that the patient was continuously monitored in an ICU setline utilizing a tissue oximeter in addition to constant personal Observation of the operative site in accordance with the plan of care. The oximeter values were accurate and there was no change in the condition of the operative site. In addition, this patient had invasive cardiac monitoring with vital signs recorded continuously. Cardiac drips were managed and titrated according to specific written protocols that required increasing the amount of norepinephrine when the patient’s systolic blood pressure measured more than 180. The RN states that she has never been reported to the BON before or after this employment experience and takes great pride in her profession.
Due to these events, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty and her RN license was suspended.
The story of the RN only shows how challenging it is to keep hold of your RN license in Texas. Make sure that you know how to avoid a similar situation like this from happening in the future. Prepare yourself by engaging the services of a nurse attorney.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by text or call nurse attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579.