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In healthcare settings, timely adherence to medical orders and proper documentation are fundamental for patient care. However, there are instances where healthcare professionals may deviate from these standards, potentially impacting patient well-being. In situations like this, the expertise of a nurse attorney is essential for navigating the legal and ethical complexities surrounding such deviations, ensuring accountability, and maintaining the highest standards of patient care.

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) months.

On or about December 12, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, RN did not timely transport and obtain a Computed Tomography (CT) of the abdomen and chest for a patient, as ordered. Specifically, the RN did not take the patient to Radiology for the ordered test during her shift and passed the task on to the oncoming night shift within three hours of the ordered scan. Additionally, RN did not notify the charge nurse and/or the physician that she was not able to timely obtain the ordered CT. Additionally, RN did not timely document ordered vital signs, intake, and output for her assigned patient.

Without consulting with a nurse attorney, RN responded to the above incident and stated that the Computed Tomography (CT) was not ordered as emergent, therefore she prioritized other orders. RN states that the patient was actively deteriorating, and RN had to pass a non-stat order to the oncoming shift. RN states that she relied on the continuity of care to ensure the CT was completed.

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

The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nurse Attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nurse Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.

For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced Texas Nurse Attorney, Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 500 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 17 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.