Sleeping while on duty is the most common mistake an RN could do. The Board may find an RN lacked the fitness to practice because of this reason. Although there are other factors and aspects to look for if you are really a fit to practice nursing. If you are summoned by the Board, you need a nurse attorney to represent you in court.
At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Longview, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) weeks.
On or about October 7, 2019, and October 8, 2019, the RN lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that the RN was found sleeping while on duty, on two (2) consecutive days. Furthermore, the RN was issued verbal and written warnings for said conduct. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure patients in that it adversely affected his ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected his ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing patients’ in potential danger.
In response to the incident, the RN states that he nodded off only once, which was during his first day of training. But another nurse saw him dozed off twice. This inappropriate behavior of the RN could injure patients and he will be questioned about his sleeping while on duty.
As a result, the RN’s action made the Board decided to put the RN into disciplinary action. The RN facing such issues alone could really end up in the worst situation. Hiring a nurse attorney is such great help. Every nurse should consider the fact that a nurse attorney can help them defend themselves from such cases.
So, if you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process, you may 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.