In healthcare settings, effective leadership and clear communication during critical situations are paramount to ensure the timely and appropriate delivery of care, especially during emergency events like a Code Blue. Nurses often play a pivotal role in these scenarios, as they are expected to provide guidance, coordination, and support to the healthcare team. However, there are instances when such leadership is lacking, potentially resulting in delays or inefficiencies in patient care. In situations like these, a nurse attorney can offer valuable assistance. A nurse attorney specializes in healthcare law and well-versed in the legal and ethical responsibilities of healthcare providers, including nurses.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Carrollton, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and five (5) months.
On or about November 6, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Carrollton, Texas, RN failed to provide direction for the nursing staff when a Code Blue was called for the patient. RN’s conduct may have contributed to a delay in care in that fellow staff members lacked RN’s leadership during the Code Blue procedures.
In response, RN states she had never undergone training in Code Blue in her professional career and never participated in Code Blue. When the Code Blue was called, she witnessed the Code Team care for the patient. To aid the Code Team, RN ensured Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were called; RN located and reviewed the patient records; RN notified the admitting physicians; RN ensured the Risk Management officer was communicated with; and RN ensured EMS possessed the patient records upon their departure. At the time, RN was unaware of the hospital’s CPR/Code Blue Response Policy. Sixteen days after this incident, on November 22, 2021, the hospital conducted training for RN and other physicians and mid-level providers of its CPR/Code Blue Response Policy.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13) Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(M)&(1)(P).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas BON.
Make sure that you will not make the same mistake as the RN mentioned above in her case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.