A skilled and knowledgeable nurse attorney can provide utmost assistance over cases that you may deny committing. However, a lack of a nurse attorney could subject you and your license to any possible sanction depending on the severity of your misconduct.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed at a medical facility in El Paso, Texas, and had been in this position for two (2) years and three (3) months.
On or about October 7, 2006, while employed, the RN either failed to document her intervention or failed to intervene when the patient, who was admitted with a diagnosis of gastrointestinal bleeding, passed a bloody, large, coagulated stool after being transferred to the Med-Surg floor. The said RN’s conduct either deprived subsequent caregivers of an adequate record or could have deprived the patient of timely assessment and intervention by the physician.
In regards to the incident that happened, the RN stated that she was working independently as a newly Licensed Vocational Nurse and no one from management ever discussed the patient occurrence with her and she does not recall the incident or the patient. It was mentioned by the RN that the patient’s hemoglobin and hematocrit were within normal limits when she gave a report on the patient. The RN points out the medical records show the patient had stable vital signs, laboratory studies, and presentation for ten (10) hours after being admitted to the floor, which was five (5) hours after the said RN ceased caring for the patient. Furthermore, the RN added that since the blood in the stool was not bright red and was coagulated and since the patient had a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, she would have reviewed the patient’s record and data with her charge nurse and determined together if the physician was required to be notified, but if the patient had presented with bright red blood or was a new bleed, she would immediately contact the physician.
Therefore, as a result, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to subject the RN and her license to disciplinary actions. The said discipline shall ensure the safety of the patient, along with a better future for the RN’s career. However, she could have contacted a nurse attorney in order to receive assistance regarding the case, especially if the RN sincerely thinks of it as an accusation.
For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney which helped RNs and LVNs defend against several cases since 2006. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.