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.
According to the complaint, the RN failed to document in the patient’s medical record that the patient still had the insulin pump on after the patient was ordered by the physician to have it turned off. Further, she failed to reassess the patient when the patient had a blood sugar reading of sixty-seven, and was experiencing a hypoglycemic episode, and she failed to notify the physician when the patient became hypoglycemic.
The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from the absence of a physician’s expertise and untreated effects of hypoglycemia such as neurological damage.
On or about August 14, 2015, through August 16, 2015, the RN withdrew five vials of Hydromorphone 1 mg/1 mL, from the medication dispensing system for patients but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedures for wastage of the unused portions of the medications. Her conduct left medications unaccounted for, was likely to deceive the hospital pharmacy, and placed the pharmacy in violation of the Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
Subsequently, she failed to appropriately assess and intervene when a patient had no urine output for her shift, and failed to follow physician orders for the patient to have a urinalysis test done via a straight catheter. The RN’s failure to assess and intervene, and following the physician’s order exposed the patient to the risk of harm in that significant changes in the patient’s status went undetected and could have prevented a timely intervention.
The RN was summoned before the Board to defend against the case. She states regarding the issue of not following the facility’s policy on proper documentation of Dialudid wastage, she did not follow the proper procedure. She states she ensured the wasted Dilaudid was disposed of in the proper waste receptacle. The RN states regarding the insulin pump he observed that the patient was not in any distress. She states she did not document any urine output due to the patient did not have any output as verbalized by the patient and Patient Care Technician.
The RN states the patient has ESRD and undergoes dialysis regularly. She states regarding not doing the straight catheter, after clocking out to go home, she was asked by a nurse why the patient does not have any output and he informed the nurse there was no output to document as verbalized by patient.
But without the proper help from a good defense attorney, the RN loose the case and she was disciplined and suspended.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN 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.