Nurses, as compassionate caregivers, play a vital role in ensuring the well-being of their patients through diligent assessment and documentation of their conditions. However, there are instances where errors in judgment may occur, which may lead to serious consequences for both RN and the patient. In situations like these, where an RN’s actions come under scrutiny, the guidance and support of a nurse attorney become invaluable. A nurse attorney possesses a unique blend of legal expertise and healthcare knowledge, making them well-equipped to navigate the intricate landscape of nursing practice regulations, standards, and ethics.
At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Amarillo, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years and eleven (11) months.
On or about November 23, 2020, while employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Amarillo, Texas, RN failed to properly assess and/or document assessment of the patient after RN and a staff member observed the patient lying on the floor. RN’s conduct could have injured the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response, RN relates that about 0130, he and another staff member entered the patient’s room at the same time and noticed the patient on the floor at the foot of her bed. RN states they spoke with the patient, who denied any pain and he did not feel that the patient had fallen, but that she had crawled out of bed. RN states he observed the patient’s range of motion, skin condition and facial expressions. Due to her high-risk for falls, he decided that she was safe, and he assured she was made comfortable. RN relates that throughout his shift, he continued to speak with the patient, administered her medication, and did not notice any signs of injury.
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)(D)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN 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.