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Patient safety is paramount in healthcare, and the accurate implementation of monitoring orders is critical to ensuring timely intervention and care. In situations where nurses face allegations related to patient monitoring lapses, a nurse attorney becomes an invaluable resource. By providing guidance and support, nurse attorneys contribute to accountability within the healthcare profession, safeguarding the nurse’s rights and professional reputation while promoting patient safety.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in San Angelo, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.

On or about March 14, 2021, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in San Angelo, Texas, RN failed to appropriately verify telemetry monitoring orders for a patient at the start of her shift when she saw the patient had a tele monitor on, and ensure the patient was being monitored; subsequently, the patient’s heart rhythm was not being monitored remotely by the telemetry technicians. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from potentially adverse complications of undetected and untreated cardiac arrhythmias.

Without asking guidance from a nurse attorney, RN responded to the above incident and stated that the day shift nurse did not mention during report the patient was on telemetry monitoring. RN also states she noticed the patient wearing a telemetry monitor during initial rounds and she had no reason to believe the patient’s heart rhythm was not being remotely monitored. RN further states she was not contacted by the telemetry technician that the patient was not being monitored and states the telemetry technicians did not follow policy.

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