It is a nurse’s duty to ensure patients are getting the proper treatment they need in a timely manner. They should also follow the physician’s order and no order should be missed. A missed order could harm a patient. Some RNs tend to missed orders and resulted in unnecessary harm to a patient. If this happened, an RN should be prepared in case he or she will be summoned by the Board for such conduct. An RN can hire a nurse attorney for this matter.

At the time of the incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and two (2) months.

On or about August 20, 2018, the RN failed to place the patient on telemetry monitoring, as ordered, despite acknowledging the order at 22:51 and then acknowledging another order for telemetry monitoring at 01:05. Subsequently, the patient was not placed on telemetry monitoring until the following shift. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from undetected cardiac dysrhythmias.

Another incident happened on or about October 8, 2018, the RN failed to place a patient on Continuous Passive Motion, as ordered, after knee arthroplasty. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from the formation of possible blood clots and/or from the effects of delayed joint recovery, including unnecessary pain and reduced range of motion.

In response to the incidents, the RN states that, unfortunately, he missed the order. And that there were issues regarding the telemetry policy in terms of who was responsible for getting the order to telemetry, getting the box from telemetry, and applying it to the patient. The RN acknowledges that ultimately it was his responsibility to make sure it got done. . In addition, the RN states that this was a failure on his part as the continuous passive motion was not part of every orthopedic surgeon’s order set and he failed to thoroughly review this particular set.

As a conclusion to the above incidents, the RN’s actions were grounds for violation. The evidence received is sufficient cause pursuant to Section 301 452(b)(10)&(13) and to Section 301.463(d) of the Texas Occupations Code. Upon the agreed order, the RN shall receive a sanction and be disciplined by the Board.

The RN will face the sanction since he failed to hire a Texas BON lawyer to defend him from the accusation case. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN. The decision of the Board can be changed if only a nurse attorney was able to help with the case.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of RN License Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.