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An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a reliable nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that the RN from El Paso committed on January 18, 2018, was one of those examples.

On or about January 18, 2018, the RN failed to fully assess a patient, obtain vital signs, perform neurological checks, or call 911 when she saw the aforementioned resident on the floor of her room, not unresponsive with a small pool of blood by her head.

Instead, she waited until the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) came into the room who requested a blood pressure (BP) cuff before she assisted with obtaining vital signs. 911 was called, the resident was transported to the hospital, diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, traumatic brain injury, left rib fractures, contusion, and died two days later.

Her conduct was likely to injure the resident from unrecognized clinical changes, and deprived the resident of timely medical interventions.

In response to the allegations filed against her, the RN states that she heard someone say that the patient was on the floor. She indicates that she turned to the patient’s Charge Nurse, to inform her, who said that she was already aware, and had been there.

The RN adds that she then saw the Charge Nurse on the phone and believed at the time she was calling 911. She states that she went into the resident’s room, and saw the resident on her left side with a small pool of blood by her head. She indicates that she grabbed her wrist to check her pulse, rubbed her sternum, and called her name several times.

The RN relates that the patient was snoring and started mumbling. She adds that she expected the Charge Nurse to quickly return to the room, but she didn’t, so she asked a certified nurse assistant (CNA) to get the ADON as she couldn’t leave the resident being the only nurse in the room. She explains that within a few minutes the ADON came in, asked her to get a BP cuff which she got, and assisted the ADON with obtaining vitals, and then the ADON called for someone to call 911. She relates that this surprised her as she thought 911 had already been called.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanor outside or during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.