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The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. An RN in Texas needs to follow several rules and regulations in order to prevent the revocation of her nursing license. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence which may have put their licenses in danger. Failure to hire a nurse attorney to defend your case could put your license at risk. 

At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Lubbock, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and six (6) months.

On or about October 28, 2018, through October 29, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to document the oxygen saturation level of a Patient and/or failed to ensure that the aforementioned patient’s oxygen saturation level was documented in the patient’s medical record. Moreover, the RN failed to document the interventions performed to address the aforementioned patient’s declining oxygen saturation level when notified of such by cardiac monitoring staff, the evaluation of such interventions, as well as any physician communication regarding the patient’s respiratory status. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers did not have accurate and complete information on which to base their decisions for further care.

On or about November 29, 201 8, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN falsely documented oxygen saturation levels for the Patient that occurred on October 29, 2018, at 00:00 and 04:00. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record.

In regard to and in accordance with the incidents above, the RN admits that she failed to completely document the patient’s oxygen saturation level and communications she had with the staff, including the physician on call during the shift. The RN states that the primary reasons for her lack of documentation include her heavy workload that night and attending to the patient’s code on the night of the incident. The RN states she understands that she should have documented all of her interventions and admits that she made a mistake in not going back over the record after her shift was over to ensure the completeness of her notes. In addition to the response to the incidents, the RN states that she added notes to the medical record based on her misunderstanding of her manager’s direction weeks after the incident occurred. The RN states that there was no malintent in her actions. The RN states that thirty days after the night in question, her manager asked the RN to document what she did during her shift. The RN states she misinterpreted her manager’s direction and added documentation to the record.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found the RN’s conduct violates a section of the Texas Occupations Code. Thus, her RN license was suspended, and placed on probation. 

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN sufficient time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right nurse attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the nurse’s attorney led to the suspension of the defendant’s RN license.

Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An and text or call nurse attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579.