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When patients are in need, they rely on the expertise and quick response of medical professionals to address their medical concerns and provide essential care. Delays or failures in providing this care can have severe consequences for the patient’s health and well-being, as well as raise significant ethical and legal concerns. A nurse attorney can collaborate closely with the RN to devise strategies for addressing the concerns raised and preventing any potential harm or disruptions to the patient’s care. They can provide insights into the ethical and legal standards that must be upheld in patient care and guide the RN in developing a response that aligns with these standards.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Denton, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.

On or about May 29, 2021, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Denton, Texas, RN failed to appropriately intervene and delayed the provision of care to the patient, who had been discharged from the Intensive Care Unit and loaded into an ambulance for transport to another facility. When Emergency Services brought the patient back to the Emergency Department over concerns about the patient’s ventilator, and after being denied readmission to the Intensive Care Unit, the RN initiated a series of phone calls to her supervisors instead of assessing the patient and ensuring continuity of care. RN’s conduct may have delayed the onset of emergency medical intervention.

In response, RN states after clocking out from her shift, she noticed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) had returned to the ER with a patient they had just picked up for transfer. RN states EMS did not mention any patient distress or change in condition, and instead only reported a need to see the ICU nurses about the patient’s ventilator. Because the ER physician expressed questions regarding whether the ER could see the patient, RN contacted the House Supervisor and the ER Director. EMS returned with the patient to the ER while RN was on the phone with the House Supervisor who did not provide an answer. RN states she was unable to see the patient’s face but she, along with the ER physician, Charge Nurse and Staff Nurse, believed the patient should go back to ICU instead of the ER because ICU was familiar with the ventilator settings and could provide continuity of care. The ED Director then called and instructed RN to place the patient in a room. RN told EMS and staff to place the patient in a room.

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)&(3)(A).

However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action. 

Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN 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.