A RN or LVN who violates the state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) should seek proper help from a nurse attorney. Doing so could make or break their cases. As a matter of fact, the license can even be suspended or revoked if not defended properly by a skilled nurse attorney.
On or about May 8, 2015, an RN from Lubbock failed to assess and document the respiratory, cardiac, and gastrointestinal condition of a patient during her assigned shift. The patient was experiencing high residuals, exhibited a change in condition with a low blood pressure and a low temperature, and subsequently required cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Her conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from possibly undetected changes in condition.
Additionally, the RN failed to intervene when the aforementioned patient presented with abnormal lab values indicative of infection, inadequate kidney function and a high risk for blood coagulation, and when the patient exhibited a low temperature, low blood pressure, and a decreased heart rate. She failed to notify the physician of the patient’s change in condition and did not intervene for the entirety of his shift. Consequently, the patient was found by the on-coming shift unresponsive, not breathing and without a pulse, cardiopulmonary resuscitation was required, the patient suffered an anoxic brain injury and expired seven days later.
The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from a delay in potentially life-saving medical treatment and may have contributed to the patient’s demise.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side.
She states that she assessed the patient to be awake, alert, and responsive to commands. She states that the patient had no nausea, the abdomen was soft and non-tender, and there were no signs of gastrointestinal complications. She states that she was not informed of any abnormal vital signs.
Additionally, the RN states that she made two attempts to page the physician, with no response. In the interim, she states that the patient was responding appropriately. She states that there were no critical lab values to report the physician and that she never received a call from the lab informing her of critical lab values.
The RN states that she left the patient with her oxygen cannula in place and gave report to the oncoming shift without incident.
However, she was not able to provide a good and experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side of the story.
Because of the incident, the RN was disciplined and suspended by the Board of Nursing.
The Texas Board of Nursing decided to revoke her license as a result of her actions. It’s because she failed to hire a good nurse attorney for the case, which is why her defense was not matched with the evidence that the Board possesses.
A good nurse attorney is always the best line of defense for these cases. This is the reason why Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is dedicated to helping those nurses in need to settle their cases. For a private consultation and other inquiries, it’s best to contact him for assistance by dialing (832)-428-5679.