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In every proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), the first thing that you need to remember is to get the assistance of a nurse attorney. At this point, it is important to note that exercising your right to counsel will be beneficial on your part. Keep in mind that even if a legal counsel does not represent you, the proceeding or hearing of your case will continue. When this happens, there is a high probability that you will eventually lose in the case.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Killeen, Texas, and had been in that position for eleven (11) months.

On or about May 10, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse/Case Manager, the RN may have exceeded her scope of practice by removing the Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) from a Patient, without a physician’s order, while the patient was receiving a Milrinone drip. The RN sent the patient to the Emergency Room for further evaluation. The RN’s conduct could have injured the patient in that failure to administer and infuse medication, as ordered by the physician could have resulted in the non-efficacious treatment of the patient’s cardiac condition.

In response to the incident, the RN states that when she arrived at the patient’s home, she found that the PICC line was almost completely pulled out with the dressing saturated, and the patient reported the PICC line snapped. The RN states that she pulled the PICC after assessing the placement of the PICC with very little left remaining in the arm, and after being placed on hold for 20 minutes with the Cardiologist’s office, and receiving no response from the home health agency. The RN states that she told the patient he would need to go to the ER immediately for placement of a new PICC line to continue the infusion, but the patient refused to take an ambulance.

The RN’s conduct constitutes a violation of the Texas Occupations Code according to the Board of Nursing. As a result, her license was disciplined and suspended. 

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