Every practicing RN license holder in the state of Texas is required to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the government. These laws and statutes were implemented to ensure that the safety of the patients is protected by the state. An RN who commits any violation can place his RN license in jeopardy. The Texas Board of Nursing has the authority to revoke or suspend an RN license in the country for as long as there is a justifiable reason. Failure to hire a Texas nurse attorney could lead to RN license suspension.
At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) years and six (5) months.
On or about February 10, 2017, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, RN failed to timely intervene and notify a physician when a postoperative patient under his care had a change in condition. The patient’s bedside monitor log showed that multiple alarms were provided for high respiratory rate and low oxygen saturation but were silenced. Additionally, RN failed to provide Basic Life Support measures including, checking the patient’ s pulse and calling a code, when the patient stopped breathing and became pulseless. The patient went into respiratory and cardiac arrest. Another staff member noted the patient was in distress, a code was called, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated. RN’s conduct resulted in a delay in emergency treatment for the patient that was needed to prevent further complications, including possible demise.
In response, RN states that basic life support measures were provided, which included taking vital signs every five minutes. RN states that all vitals were normal according to the monitor. RN states that he grabbed an artificial airway which was taken by the physician to ventilate the patient’s airway and at the same time RN took over chest compressions.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The evidence against the RN was strong. At the same time, he was not able to properly defend his case in court. As a result, his nursing license was subject to disciplinary action by the Texas BON.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your response letter or the disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON.