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Nursing assessment skills are one of the nurse’ most valuable assets. This is the main reason why whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney.

On or about September 2, 2018, while employed as RN in Tyler, Texas, a complaint was filed against the RN for failure to communicate the patient’s full condition led to the faulty continuation of the patient’s discharge order by the physician.

The allegation also noted that she failed to appreciate the full picture of the patient’s deterioration, resulting in a fatal event. What’s more, she failed to follow the standard of care, and also failed to act as a patient advocate and follow the chain of command.

The Texas Board of Nursing is the one who has full jurisdiction on cases involving RNs and LVNs. Therefore, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to explain her side. During the trial, the RN defended and explained her case. She said that on or about the said date, she was assigned to provide care for a patient admitted to a medical unit with pneumonia.

After rounding, the physician determines the patient is ready for discharge today and writes discharge orders at 0830 hours. The patient states he can’t get transportation home until his partner finishes work at about 1800 hours. The RN continued her day, providing care for other patients and monitoring the patient as well, even though his discharge papers have been signed.

At 1600 hours, the RN decided to spot-check him. She finds his heart rate slightly elevated at 112 beats/minute, note slight shortness of breath on exertion, and see that his oxygen saturation has dropped from normal to 89%. The RN called the physician and report only that the patient is slightly short of breath on exertion; the physician instructs the RN to continue the discharge procedure.

The patient is discharged at 1800 hours to his partner. On arriving home, he collapses on the door­step. His partner calls 911, but the patient can’t be resuscitated. On autopsy, a pulmonary embolism is found to be the cause of death.

However, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the RN. The Board stated that the RN should not do things which could exceed the limitations of the nurse-patient relationship as well as false documentation of patient’s records.  

Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. 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 Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579