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In the intricate world of healthcare, seamless communication and swift decision-making are imperative to ensure that patients receive timely and appropriate medical care. Nurses often serve as crucial intermediaries between patients and physicians, playing a pivotal role in conveying vital information and obtaining necessary orders for admission and treatment. However, lapses in this process can have serious repercussions, including delayed medical intervention and potential harm to the patient. In circumstances where timely medical care is jeopardized due to communication failures, a nurse attorney serves as a critical advocate for all parties involved. They aim to ensure that the incident is thoroughly and impartially examined, accountability is upheld, and measures are put in place to prevent such occurrences in the future.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Houston, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years.

On or about July 17, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Houston, Texas, RN failed to notify the physician and/or obtain admission orders for Patient A, a patient who had been transferred from another hospital. As a result, the patient was not seen by the physician until the following morning. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the resident from a potential delay in necessary medical treatment.

In response to the above incident, RN states the patient was transferred from another hospital with a diagnosis of chest pain. RN states she attempted to contact the physician on his cell, however, was unable to get in touch with him. He takes all his own calls and does not use an answering service; he was known to round on his patient on the unit around 5 o’clock in the morning. From what RN can recall, it was a chaotic night with minimal staffing. RN states she cannot recall a reason she failed to document her attempt. 

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)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(2)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).

The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.

Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.