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The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a nurse attorney. 

One of the best examples where a client failed to hire the right nurse attorney will be discussed in this case. 

On or about November 1, 2015, an RN was working on the telemetry unit and assigned to a patient admitted for exacerbation of heart failure due to new-onset atrial fibrillation.

While entering the patient’s diet order, the RN fails to initiate his low-sodium (2 g) diet. The next day, his atrial fibrillation accelerates into a rapid ventricular response; he decompensates to the point of requiring intubation and transfers to the critical care unit. There he undergoes cardioversion, after which a permanent pacemaker is inserted. The patient recovered within 24 hours.

Because of this, the patient filed a complaint against the RN for breach of duty. The patient insisted that the LVN was required to enter a correct diet order for the patient.

The RN not only admits to her mistake when summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing. She also failed to hire a nurse attorney to handle her case. The result is a discipline suspension of her license.

The RN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined warning to a suspension of her license by violating the Texas Board of Nursing regulation.

Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.