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Upholding patient safety and providing care in accordance with medical orders and established protocols are fundamental principles in nursing practice. In order to prevent undesirable effects, timely and appropriate treatment must be undertaken in particular when the patient’s condition is of concern. Deviations from these standards may not only jeopardize the well-being of the patient, but also raise important questions about the competence of the nurse and adherence to established medical practices. It is necessary to seek legal advice in view of the gravity of these allegations and their implications for patient safety. In ensuring a comprehensive and impartial assessment of the incident, as well as promoting responsibility within the health profession, a nurse defense lawyer may provide immeasurable assistance in navigating the legal complexities arising from this case. 

Scenario: RN’s Failure to Administer Medications Properly Led to Patient Demise

This happened at a medical facility in Amarillo, Texas. As an RN who had been one for about two months at the mentioned facility, while ministering a medication to a certain patient, the RN failed to administer sliding scale insulin to a patient as per the provider’s order for a blood glucose level of 315. Furthermore, the RN also administered Tylenol to the patient without a valid order and even failed to reassess the patient’s vital signs before dismissing the patient from the unit. After approximately an hour, the patient suffered a seizure with a blood pressure of 59/29 and subsequently expired. The RN’s misconduct exposed the patient to risk of harm from administration of Tylenol without a valid order and from adverse complications of elevated glucose and undetected changes in cardiovascular status. A circumstance like this will most likely place the risk of an RN’s license for disciplinary action and that’s when the help of a nurse defense lawyer is needed.

In response to the above incident, the RN stated that the LVN on duty told her that she would have to contact the physician regarding the patient and all the other patients with elevated glucose readings. The RN furthermore stated that the LVN on duty also told her that there was a physician’s order for Tylenol in the patient’s chart and she also gave the order to return the patient to his cell but when the patient became unresponsive a chest compression was performed. As the RN’s final statement regarding the incident, she stated that she had just relied on the LVNs who worked regularly in this unit because she was working on the unit for the first time on the day it happened. 

The RN who was then summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) due to her misconduct, had her license unfortunately placed under disciplinary action as per the committee’s decision. Had she only hired an expert nurse attorney to defend on her behalf she would’ve had the chance to secure her license. 

For reliable assistance and reassuring nurse lawsuit cases solution of tasks at hand, Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is available for 24/7 consultation. Over the past 18 years, he has been one of the dedicated nurse defense lawyers who represented numerous nurse cases. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An, through text or call at (832) 428-5679.