Nurses facing cases they never committed or wish to deny should hire a nurse attorney to strengthen their defense. Professional help can provide a better form of defense against the Texas Board of Nursing as an RN or LVN faces an accusation of any criminal charge they wish to deny.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Mesquite, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
On or about March 7, 2016, the RN failed to implement continuous cardiac monitoring for the patient, as per physician order, and accompany the patient during transport to and from the Radiology Department for diagnostic studies. The RN’s conduct was likely to expose the patient to the risk of harm from potentially adverse complications of undetected and untreated changes in cardiac rhythm.
And on or about April 8, 2016, the RN also failed to document and/or accurately and completely document the administration of Hydromorphone for a patient in the Medication Administration Record and/or nurses’ notes including amount administered, the aforementioned patient’s pain level and post-assessment response to the narcotic. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient which could result in an overdose. Additionally, the RN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In response to the incident, the RN states the patient was stable and exhibiting normal sinus rhythm. The RN also states that the resident physician on call was contacted and verbalized to the RN that the patient could be transported to radiology without a nurse.
Additionally, the RN states it is her practice to scan all medications. The RN further states the Hydromorphone was in the RN’s possession when the patient’s blood specimens were drawn and the RN administered the medication after the specimens were obtained.
However, the Rn failed to properly defend her case during the hearing. As a result, the Board of Nursing placed her under disciplinary action but without any suspension whatsoever. Hiring the right nurse attorney for this case would be of great help, more so if she has a proper defense to her case.
If you’re having trouble against cases that you were accused of doing, and you deny those facts, then seek the help of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. To get started with a private consultation, you may contact him at (832) 428-5679.