In nursing, a nurse is in charge of a patient’s well-being during a patient’s admittance to a hospital. A nurse help patients cope with illness and they are expected to give the best care and is also expected to immediately attend to patient’s needs, especially during urgent or emergency times but what if a nurse fails to attend to a patient’s need during those times of emergencies, will the nurse be accountable to whatever the outcome of such negligence? An RN from Houston, Texas is a good example of this kind of case but failed to hire a nurse attorney for the defense.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Houston, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and six (6) months.
An incident happened on or about February 6, 2018, through February 7, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to assess and/or document the assessment and intervention to the patient as ordered. Additionally, the RN failed to ensure the telemetry unit was applied to the aforementioned patient, as ordered. The patient was off telemetry for approximately two (2) hours. Subsequently, the patient was found unresponsive necessitating a Code Blue to be called, which resulted in the patient being transferred to the ICU. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from potentially adverse complications of undetected and untreated fluctuations in heart rhythm, including possible demise.
In regards to the incident, the RN states his primary focus was the patient’s safety and ensuring that the patient would not fall. The RN states he re-applied the telemetry unit when the patient would take it off. And also states that the patient’s condition remained unchanged so notifying the physician was unnecessary, and the patient’s outcome was not the result of the care the RN provided.
As a result, of the RN’s misconduct, the RN has to face disciplinary action from the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself like hiring the right nurse attorney.
It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing charges related to drug use. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
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