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In nursing, it is important that a nurse knows how to see and how to immediately respond to needy situations. Any delayed intervention may result in worst and can be stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke, may suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that a nurse attorney can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations, which may include minor errors at work.

At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Garland, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) years and nine (9) months. 

On or about July 9, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to assess and/or document her assessment of Patient HA for approximately three (3) hours. Subsequently, the patient experienced a mucous plug in her tracheostomy and low oxygen saturation. The RN’s conduct deprived the patient of detection and timely medical intervention in the event she experienced a change in condition. 

It was on or about July 9, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN also failed to provide supplemental oxygen while suctioning a patient who had critically low oxygen saturation readings. Subsequently, the patient experienced convulsive activity, likely secondary to respiratory distress and hypoxia. Patient AH was transferred to PICU and her kidney transplant that was scheduled for that day was canceled. The conduct of the RN was likely to injure the patient from a potential delay in necessary medical treatment and may have contributed to the patient’s respiratory distress. 

In light of the circumstances, the RN states that she monitored the patient’s oxygen saturation levels through continuous pulse oximetry monitoring. When the alarm sounded, she took reasonable steps to reverse the decreased oxygen saturation reading of 87% at 0500. Between 0500 and 0505, the said RN suctioned the tracheostomy, repositioned the patient, and obtained the assistance of a second RN. At 0505, the patient’s mother awakened and also suctioned and repositioned the patient. The patient’s father provided percussive therapy. The RN called for a Respiratory Therapist (RT), and the RT attempted to suction the tracheostomy and placed oxygen on the patient. Rapid Response was called at 0512. The patient became less responsive and twitched, but later recovered as a result of the care that was provided. 

Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing subjected the LVN to disciplinary action. For the further scope of the disciplinary action, the LVN’s nurse license may be put at risk and may be facing suspension or revocation.

This is why the assistance or the help of a nurse attorney can make the case become better for the LVN. So if you ever encounter such an issue, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.