Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a reliable nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
This is the story of an RN who has been charged for alleged medical negligence and malpractices.
On or about November 13, 2015, the RN allegedly failed to completely and adequately assess the arm of her patient. She was informed by another staff member that the patient’s arm appeared red and swollen after which the RN assessed there to be no redness and/or swelling.
Subsequently, another staff member assessed the patient’s arm, noting both bruising and swelling. The patient required transport to the Emergency Room where the patient was found to have a dislocated shoulder requiring surgical correction.
The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from a delay in necessary medical treatment.
On or about December 6, 2015, through December 7, 2015, the RN failed to properly assess the respiratory status of her patient, including failing to assess the patient’s lung sounds, when the patient was on vomiting protocol and was vomiting and/or spitting up.
Additionally, she failed to intervene in a timely manner when she assessed the patient to be in discomfort, to have sour smelling gastric contents, and loose stools. Consequently, two hours later, the patient was found to be in respiratory distress and required transport to the hospital where she later expired due to aspiration pneumonia and septic shock. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from unknown or undetected changes in condition and from a delay in necessary medical intervention and may have contributed to the patient’s demise.
The RN was summoned before the Board to defend against the case. During the hearing, the RN states that in regards to the patient, she was informed about the patient’s arm and immediately went to assess the patient. She states that she did not note any redness or swelling, and did not note the patient to be in any pain. She states that by the time she went to get the Supervisor for a second opinion, another nurse had already gone into the patient room and together they worked as a team to transport the patient.
But without the proper help from a good defense attorney, the RN lost the case and she was disciplined and suspended.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.