Nurses are always at risk for accusations of medical malpractice or negligence.  If someone filed a complaint against you, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Irving, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who were charged with negligence and failed to hire an effective nurse attorney.

This is exactly what happened to an RN in Irving. Read on to find out her case.

On or about October 20, 2018, through October 21, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in Irving, the RN failed to intervene and notify the physician when a patient had oxygen saturations ranging between 84-95% throughout her shift.

She also failed to completely reassess and document the vital signs which were recorded by the telemetry monitor. She failed to document the nursing interventions taken to address the abnormal vital signs or to make corrections to any inaccuracies recorded by the telemetry monitor within the medical record. There was no documentation of reassessment and indication of vital signs being reassessed for accuracy. Her conduct created an incomplete medical record.

During the hearing, the RN states throughout her shift, the oxygen saturation of the patient had decreased to the mid-’80s when she assisted her to the bathroom and the telemetry was disconnected so he increased the flow of oxygen to 3 liters per nasal cannula to sustain an oxygen saturation within the nineties.

She also states that the patient did not complain of shortness of breath, was able to walk unassisted to the bathroom with no shortness of breath, had a diagnosis of COPD; therefore, there was no need to notify the physician of the patient’s temporary desaturation.

The RN further states that per the unit’s protocol, all vital signs are recorded by the telemetry monitors. Also, she states that he documented an initial assessment of the patient upon her arrival to the unit and felt that she exhibited no change in her baseline status that warranted a focused assessment, per policy.

However, without an effective nurse attorney in Irving to help her defend her side, the RN was suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.

If someone filed a case against you involving misconduct, malpractice, or negligence, it is wise to consult with an Irving nurse attorney who knows everything about nurse cases.  Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 if someone filed a complaint against you.