Your nearest nurse attorney can assist and help you even in uncommon cases. However, most nurses are not aware of this, which is why this particular RN from El Paso faced disciplinary action for assisting other residents unnecessarily.
On or about January 2, 2017, the RN failed to appropriately care for her assigned patient, whose diagnoses included schizophrenia, and who was ordered by the physician to be under one-to-one observation, requiring that assigned staff be within arm’s reach at all times. The RN walked away from the patient and left his room twice during her assigned shift. Her conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm from falls or self-injurious behavior while unattended.
The Texas Board of Nursing took immediate notice upon this serious matter and summoned the RN for a hearing against her case. The RN states that on the night in question, she as assigned tech duties as a one-to-one patient sitter, since there were not RN shifts available. She states that she left the patient to get him a drink after ensuring that he was stable, and he was not homicidal, suicidal, or a high fall risk.
The RN states that she told the charge nurse that the patient was stable, and the charge nurse should have called the doctor to come assess the patient and reevaluate his one-to-one monitoring.
The Texas Board of Nursing sentenced her RN license into disciplinary action to ensure that she will be able to perform the right ethics, as well as follow the guidelines of the hospital in the future. It is extremely important for all nurses to follow the rules of their hospital, and even simple errors like wearing civilian attire in the operating room must be strictly followed.
If you ever violated any guidelines in your hospital, but have a good reason for your defense, it’s best to seek legal consultation first with a nurse attorney. For the best counseling you can ever receive for your case, Mr. Yong J. An is here to help you out. You may contact him at (832)-428-5679 for further details.