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All nurses have orders to be followed to ensure a patient is on the right track to recovery. Missing an order or inaccurate execution of a physician’s order could harm a patient which could result in a poor outcome. If you are accused of negligence, seek help from a nurse attorney. You should know ways to defend your stand against such accusations or allegations. Hiring a nurse attorney can surely help.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Denton, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eight (8) months.

On or about May 15, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Denton, Texas, RN administered 4000u of Heparin to the patient at 0550 without obtaining the result of partial prothrombin time (PTT) drawn at 0425. In addition, RN failed to obtain a second verifier, as ordered by the physician, prior to administering the Heparin bolus. Subsequently, the PTT drawn at 0425 was critically high at greater than (>) 200 seconds when it resulted and was released at 0554. RN stopped the Heparin infusion at 0644. RN’s conduct potentially could have injured the patient from complications of Heparin including excessive bleeding. The patient did not suffer from any complications of Heparin due to RN’s conduct.

In response, RN states she was busy with a different patient when she was paged and informed that the patient had a critical lab value. RN reviewed the lab results in the patient’s record, but she mistook older lab results for the recently reported critical value and initiated a Heparin drip. RN states she later took a second look in the computer and saw the recently posted results which indicated the critically high partial prothrombin time (PTT). RN states she notified the physician, held all Heparin treatment, monitored for bleeding/complications and the patient was discharged three (3) days later on an oral blood thinner.

The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).

However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action. 

Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license 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 RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.