A licensed nurse in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever an LVN or RN finds herself in such a situation, she will need to find the best nurse attorney in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her license. Otherwise, the Texas Board of Nursing may find her guilty in the administrative case and order the revocation of her license.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as an RN Charge Nurse at a hospital facility in McAllen, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and eight (8) months.
On or about October 27, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN exceeded her scope of practice by instructing the primary nurse of the patient to let the patient’s vasoactive drips run out and let the patient die. Additionally, after the primary nurse refused, the RN instructed her to go to lunch so that the said RN could watch her patient and let the drugs run out. The patient’s responsible party had instructed the physician that he wanted to continue with life-saving interventions. The behavior of the RN violated the wishes of the patient’s family and was contrary to the actual physician’s order.
In light of the circumstances, the said RN admits she made a comment to the primary nurse to let the drips run dry before she goes back in there to hang the next one, and that his body was dying, and if she wasn’t standing there spiking the next bag before it ran dry the patient might be able to die naturally. The RN states the patient was on four drips at high rates and the pharmacist had notified her that she was concerned about the hospital running out of medication. It was added by the RN that she became emotional seeing the patient in that state and was concerned about the patient’s prolonged suffering due to the family being unable to make the decision to withdraw care.
The RN was summoned and investigated by the Texas Board of Nursing. However, her lack of an experienced nurse attorney to properly defend her case led to the suspension of her license.
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