Failure to timely intervene for a patient could cause RNs to lose their hard-earned license. Such conduct could contribute to inaccurate and poor-quality care to patients and worst could lead to patients’ demise. If an RN is in such trouble, ask a nurse attorney to help you fight against allegation cases.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in College Station, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and seven (7) months.
On or about July 30, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to intervene and immediately call a Code Stroke when the patient exhibited stroke symptoms which included slurred speech, left-sided weakness, and left facial droop, dysphagia, and disorientation upon her initial assessment. Instead, it wasn’t noted until approximately forty-five minutes later, when the physician was making rounds, that the physician noticed the patient was showing signs of a stroke and worsening condition before the Code Stroke was called. Subsequently, the patient had to be transferred to another acute care facility for emergent treatment. The RN’s conduct delayed the onset of the patient’s emergency medical care that was needed to prevent further complications, including those associated with a stroke.
In response, the RN states that the Patient’s speech was slurred but that she thought that it was due to her loose-fitting dentures and was informed by the patient’s daughter that she had been experiencing generalized weakness from the prior day because of a change in her medication. The RN states that approximately twenty (20) minutes had passed from the time that she noted the change in the patient’s condition and when the clinical leader and physician became aware of the patient’s symptoms. By that time the patient was unable to use her left side. The RN admits that the Stroke Alert Team should have been activated when she initially noticed the change in the patient’s status and takes full responsibility for her actions.
However, due to a lack of evidence and an expert nurse attorney to defend her, the RN was suspended and disciplined by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
This is just one of the many causes why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence or disobedience on the part of an RN or LVN is never excused. She lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney.
Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.