All nurses have orders to be followed to ensure a patient is on the right track to recovery. Missing an order or inaccurate execution of a physician’s order could harm a patient which could result in a poor outcome. And if you are accused of negligence, seek help from a nurse attorney. You should know ways to defend your stand against such accusations or allegations. Hiring a nurse attorney can surely help.
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 (1) years and two (2) months.
Another incident happened on or about September 30, 2018, when the RN failed to administer the 06:00 dose of Metoprolol 12.5 mg to a patient, as ordered, and instead withheld the medication for “nursing judgment” though the patient was within parameters. Subsequently, the patient experienced cardiac dysrhythmia at 09:10 when the patient’s heart rhythm went into atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medication as ordered could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
The RN states that this was a judgment call based on the presenting patient condition as he recalls using the blood pressure obtained by staff 4 little earlier to make his decision. He states that the patient was scheduled to-+5 receive the Metoprolol, but was also in pain. He also states that the blood pressure was close enough to the hold parameters that he felt the concurrent administration of a narcotic and a beta-blocker would lower the patient’s blood pressure too much. The RN states that he discussed his decision with the nurse practitioner who was on duty.
The actions done by the RN resulted to a decision by the Board, to take disciplinary action against the RN. As per information and evidence received, it is shown that the RN committed violation. The violation was pursuant to Section 301 452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code. This could result in a different outcome if only the RN had hired a nurse attorney for help and defense.
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