Any type of accusation can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action or revocation.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Houston, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year.
On or about June 3, 2018, through June 4, 201 8, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to completely and accurately assess and document the vital signs of Intensive Care Patient while administering a dopamine infusion as per physician orders. The RN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and exposed the patient to risk of harm from potentially adverse complications of undetected and untreated changes in cardiac status; including, possible demise.
On or about October 13, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN stopped a continuous Heparin infusion for the Patient without a physician’s order, while transferring the patient to another unit. Upon arrival at the new unit, there were no infusion pumps available. The RN failed to obtain an infusion pump or restart the Heparin infusion. Additionally, the RN failed to notify staff in the receiving unit of the patient’s arrival. The RN’s conduct created an improper hand-off report and exposed the patient to risk of harm in that failure to administer medications as ordered by the physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment of the patient’s condition.
In response to the incident, the RN states other nurses in the unit assisted with mixing and initiating medication drips while the patient was undergoing cooling protocol. In addition, the RN states the patient was being transferred to a lower level of care and she notified the receiving unit the patient was currently on a Heparin drip and an ordered lab specimen was due in two (2) hours.
Therefore, based on the findings of the Board, the RN will receive disciplinary action to ensure that the RN will not make mistakes again in the future. She should hire a nurse attorney for instances such as this.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832) 428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.