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Accurate documentation has many purposes for patients, nurses, physicians and other care providers, and families. It is important for communication and continuity of care for the patient. When summoned by the board for documentation cases, you need the help of an expert nurse attorney to defend your case.

At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Harlingen, Texas and had been in that position for five (5) years and six (6) months.

On or about April 11, 2020, through April 12, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Harlingen, Texas, RN failed to accurately and completely document the insertion of a nasogastric (NG) tube and subsequent advancement of the NG tube after radiology reported the NG tube terminated mid-esophagus. Throughout his shift, RN failed to accurately and completely document NG tube assessments, including insertion site appearance, interventions, placement verification, and tube clamp status. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record that was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information on which to base their decisions for further care.

In response, RN states that the initial tube placement was at 60 centimeters, and he thereafter advanced the tube to 70 centimeters. RN states he documented the tube advancement but failed to document the initial placement of the tube. 

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)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN enough time to defend the complaints filed against him. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle his case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the RN’s license under disciplinary action.

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 one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.