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A few of the essential components of leadership in the world of nursing are; firstly, reporting incidents promptly and secondly, effectively communicating to not just the patients, but also superiors and the likes, especially when you are serving as a Charge Nurse whose responsibility is coordinating patient care. Inadequate leadership and delayed reporting, the inability to comply with your responsibility as one can result in serious consequences for patient well-being and significantly as an RN, affect one’s professional integrity. When you are faced with these specified allegations, guidance from an expert nurse attorney is an absolute help in understanding the legal complexities, safeguarding your rights as an RN, and ensuring a fair evaluation of the incident. 

Here is a relevant case for the scenario discussed;

An RN employed at a hospital in Grand Prairie, Texas, and had been in that position for a year and eight (8) months. 

It was the 11th of March, 2021st, while working at the said hospital as a Charge Nurse, when a resident experienced a fall during her shift she notified the said physician of the resident approximately four (4) hours later at the end of her shift. In simple terms, she failed to notify the resident’s physician timely of the incident. The resident was then sent to the emergency room for evaluation and was sadly diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone. The RN’s action deprived the resident of immediate medical interventions and unnecessarily exposed the resident to a risk of untreated pain and harm from complications associated with facial fractures. 

The RN responded without advice from a nurse attorney. She admitted that the patient did fall during her shift. Furthermore, she said that when she asked for the patient’s condition the patient answered that he was okay and his vital signs were even showing within normal limits. So the RN didn’t feel the need to call the physician as she found the patient responding normally and fine.

But even then, the above actions still constitute grounds for disciplinary action following 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 RN’s license was then subjected to disciplinary action by the Texas Board of Nursing. If the RN had only hired a competent and experienced Texas Nurse Attorney, she would’ve been in great hands. Hiring a Texas Nurse Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.

Got any questions or concerns? We’ve got you covered with one of the most skilled nurse defense lawyers in Texas. Texas Nurse Attorneys, Yong J. An, is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. To get started you can call us at (832) 428-5679. For more information about nursing license case defenses, give us a call now and secure your license with us.