Upholding patient safety and providing care in accordance with medical orders and established protocols are fundamental principles in nursing practice. Timely and appropriate interventions, particularly when a patient’s condition is concerning, are critical in preventing adverse outcomes. Deviations from these standards can not only jeopardize patient well-being but also raise significant questions about the nurse’s competence and adherence to established medical practices. Given the gravity of these allegations and their implications for patient safety, seeking legal guidance is essential. A nurse attorney can provide invaluable support in navigating the legal complexities surrounding this case, ensuring a comprehensive and impartial evaluation of the incident, and promoting accountability within the healthcare profession.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Amarillo, Texas, and had been in that position for about two (2) months.
On or about July 21, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Amarillo, Texas, RN failed to administer sliding scale insulin to a patient as per provider order for a blood glucose level of 315; additionally, RN administered Tylenol to the patient without a valid order and failed to reassess the patient’s vital signs before dismissing the patient from the unit. Approximately one hour later, the patient suffered a seizure with a blood pressure of 59/29 and subsequently expired. RN’s conduct exposed the patient to risk of harm from administration of Tylenol without a valid order and from adverse complications of elevated glucose and undetected changes in cardiovascular status.
In response to the above incident, RN states the LVN on duty told the RN she would contact the physician regarding this patient and for all the patients with elevated glucose readings. RN also states that the LVN on duty told her there was a physician’s order for Tylenol in this patient’s chart and that the LVN on duty gave the order to return the patient to his cell. RN states that she relied on the LVNs who worked regularly in this unit because she was working on the unit for the first time on this date. RN further states chest compression was started when the patient became unresponsive.
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)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side, but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action.
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