When the Texas Board of Nursing summoned you to appear before the court, hiring the best nurse attorney in San Antonio is crucial. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an RN from San Antonio committed in September 2020 was one of those examples.
On or about September 5, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in San Antonio, Texas, RN failed to wear gloves while performing urostomy care for a patient, per hospital policy. While performing the care, she wiped mucus from the stoma, placed a paper towel inside of the patient’s stoma, and grabbed the saturated towel with ungloved hands. Also, RN was asked by the patient’s caregiver to wear gloves while performing urostomy care, after which she refused. Instead, RN instructed the patient’s caregiver that urostomy care is a clean non-sterile technique in which gloves were not necessary as she continued to provide care using her bare hands. RN’s conduct could have harmed the patient by unnecessarily increasing the patient’s risk for infection.
In response, RN states she did not wear gloves because she did not anticipate doing the pouch change but was there to educate the patient, her friend, and family member while the other nurse changed the ostomy pouch and the nursing student assisted. When the patient’s caregiver was asked by RN to assist the nurse, she requested to put gloves on which were provided. RN states she informed the patient and family friend that the pouch change is not a sterile procedure, therefore wearing clean gloves is optional at home or they could simply wash their hands with soap and water before and after each pouch change.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(M)&(1)(O).
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.