Malpractices and negligence have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
On or about September 18, 2017, an RN from Houston failed to accurately and completely document her assessment of, diagnosis, and plan of care for a patient when the patient presented to the clinic for an OB follow-up appointment. Additionally, she failed to discuss options for the patient, including maintaining the pregnancy, adoption, or termination if within the appropriate time frame. Furthermore, the RN falsely documented that she instructed the patient to follow-up her conduct created an inaccurate and incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent providers would not have complete information to base their decisions for further care.
Additionally, the RN deprived the patient of resources and the right to participate in the development of her plan of care.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
During the hearing, the RN states the patient had a positive pregnancy test and she instructed her to establish care with an OB/GYN as soon as possible.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.