The outcome of the patient’s health will be based on the nurse’s efforts and proper care. However, if an RN conducts improper care which can harm the patient, he or she may face complaints or allegation cases. An RN should come prepared before appearing or facing the Board. A nurse attorney can be your best defense against any circumstances.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Killeen, Texas, and had been in that position for less than one month.
On or about September 23, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Killeen, Texas, RN failed to assess the patient after she was notified by a staff LVN that the resident’s roommate had audio recordings of the resident crying out in pain while receiving incontinent care. Instead, RN waited until the following day to notify the physician of the resident’s increased pain. The patient was subsequently diagnosed with a left hip fracture. RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the resident to uncontrolled pain and to a risk of harm from complications associated with hip fracture.
In response, RN admits that the LVN told her about the resident’s roommate’s concern and that she did not assess the resident because the LVN told her the resident looked fine and in no distress. RN further states that although the resident’s pain appeared to be effectively managed, it was not improving, so she reached out to the physician the following day for an order for an x-ray.
The above action constitutes 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)(M),(1)(P),(1)(U)&(3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(F),(2)&(4).
The evidence against the RN was strong. At the same time, she was not able to properly defend her case in court. As a result, her nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.