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Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence at work, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Houston, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who found to be negligent while on duty.

On or about January 6, 2017, while employed as an LVN in Houston and assigned to provide nursing care to a woman who was supposed to labor, the RN called the patient’s physician at his home about to notify him of the patient’s unexpected admission, but the physician chose to remain at home, about 20 minutes from the hospital, leaving the patient to be monitored by the RN.

The physician had a standing order at the hospital that, in the absence of complications, he was not to be summoned until labor reached the “crowning” stage, meaning that stage at which the child’s head comes into view.

The RN did not call the doctor when the patient reached the second stage of labor until 7:00 am. About 7:45 a.m., the RN discovered that the fetal heart rate had dropped far below normal, indicating an acute oxygen insufficiency. The danger to the unborn child had probably existed for an hour but had not been discovered because of inadequate monitoring.

About 8:00 a.m., the RN called the physician at home while the nurses immediately took the woman to the delivery room, where she gave birth to a girl. 

As a result of the asphyxiation, the baby suffered grave and permanent birth defects.

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. However, the Board states that her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it adversely affected his ability to recognize  subtle signs, symptoms or changes in the patient’s  conditions,  and could have affected his ability to make rational, accurate,  and appropriate  assessments, judgments,  and decisions  regarding  patient  care, thereby placing the patient  in potential danger.

Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the LVN.

Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579.