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Timely and accurate administration of medications and thorough documentation of patient care interventions are essential components of safe and effective nursing practice. However, lapses in these critical duties can lead to potential harm to patients and raise concerns about the nurse’s adherence to professional standards. These oversights can have serious implications for patient well-being and may prompt inquiries into the RN’s practice. To navigate these complex legal matters and safeguard the nurse’s rights, a nurse attorney can provide valuable legal guidance, ensuring a fair and comprehensive examination of the situation while advocating for the RN’s best interests throughout the process.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Denton, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and seven (7) months.

On or about October 30, 2020, through October 31, 2020, while employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Denton, Texas, RN was accused of the following:

  1. RN failed to timely administer as-needed blood pressure medication to a patient in response to elevated blood pressure. Additionally, RN failed to document any patient care interventions and reassessment of the patient’s blood pressure. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and exposed the patient to a risk of harm from adverse effects from untreated elevated blood pressure.
  2. RN failed to document in the medical record of a patient regarding physician notification, fluid bolus administration, and blood pressure reassessment in response to the patient’s low blood pressure. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and exposed the patient to a risk of harm in that subsequent care givers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.

In response to the first incident, RN states that she spent a considerable amount of time with the patient and did repeat blood pressure checks, as well as calling the physician to report the blood pressure. RN states that these values and her conversation with the doctor were noted, and she is not sure why this was not done. In response to the second incident, RN states that the critical lab values were reported to the physician, but she was unaware that there was a place in the electronic medical record to document this.

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) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(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.