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Effective communication and timely reporting of incidents are essential components of nursing leadership, especially when serving as a Charge Nurse responsible for coordinating patient care. However, instances of delayed notification and refusal to accept responsibility can have serious consequences for patient well-being and the RN’s professional integrity. When faced with allegations of inadequate leadership and delayed reporting, seeking the guidance of a nurse attorney can be instrumental in navigating the legal complexities, safeguarding the RN’s rights, and ensuring a fair evaluation of the circumstances.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Grand Prairie, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eight (8) months.

On or about March 11, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Grand Prairie, Texas, and assigned as the Charge Nurse, RN failed to timely notify the physician after the resident experienced a fall during her shift. Instead, RN notified the physician of the resident’s fall approximately four (4) hours later at the end of her shift, and after the oncoming shift RN refused to accept care of the resident. The resident was subsequently sent to the emergency room for evaluation and was diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone. RN’s conduct deprived the resident of timely medical interventions and unnecessarily exposed the resident to a risk of untreated pain and harm from complications associated with a facial fracture.

In response, RN admits the patient fell during her shift. RN states the patient was okay, had a small scratch on his nose, and his vital signs were within normal limits. RN states the patient denied headache, dizziness, or pain. RN states she did not call the physician because the patient was responding normally.

The above actions constitute 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)(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 Attorneys, Yong J. An. He 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.