An RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.
On or about April 25, 2018, an incident happened involving an RN and while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to document in the patient’s medical record a complete set of post-operative vital signs of the patient, and also failed to recognize the patient’s deteriorating condition when the patient had increased heart rate, increased respirations, and restlessness. Subsequently, during shift hand-off, a nurse aide on the oncoming shift found the patient unresponsive, and a code was called. The patient was made do not resuscitate (DNR) status and expired. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from lack of appropriate nursing and medical care, including possible demise.
Because of what happened, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing and explained her side. The RN states that the task nurse received a report for her and connected the patient to the monitors for her. The RN states that when she finished the tasks in the other patient’s room she received a report from the task nurse and went and assessed the patient. The RN states that she noted the patient monitor was set to automatically take the patient’s blood pressure every fifteen minutes. The RN states that the patient seemed disoriented and lethargic, but knew his name. The RN states this was not a concern due to the patient receiving anesthesia for his surgery. The RN states that the only abnormality she noticed in the patient’s vital signs was tachycardic, which she states she related to his pain. The RN states that when she reassessed the patient’s pain, she noted that his heart rate had slowed, but was still elevated. She also states that the patient was still lethargic, but easily arousable and still able to give his name. And then states that the patient became restless and she was notified that the patient leads were off and went into the room to check on the patient multiple times. The RN states that the patient stated he was in pain and she also noted his dressing to be loose again, so she gave a second dose of pain medication and secured the dressing with more tape. The RN states that when she reassessed his pain, the patient’s heart rate normal level of alertness was not changed, but he was calm and no longer pulling at his monitor cords. The RN states that she started giving a report to the oncoming night nurse. The RN states that during the middle of the report it was reported to them that the patient was unconscious.
The Texas Board of Nursing subjected the LVN and her license to disciplinary action. The assistance of a nurse attorney could have helped the case become better for the LVN.
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