Being an RN is indeed a great career as it is rewarding, yet challenging and exciting at the same time. Giving proper and best quality patient care is the most priority for RNs. And also as a nurse, it is never out of the picture that they may experience being accused and face a lot of complaints from the family of the patients or the patient himself or even from the Board. But with a help of a nurse attorney, a nurse can overcome such challenges.
An incident happened on or about June 2, 2018, wherein an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Frisco, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and nine (9) months. The RN documented visit notes for a patient that she did not make. The RN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and could have injured the patients in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate information on which to base their care decisions.
And another was on or about August 4, 2018, the RN failed to notify staff immediately that a patient was improperly restrained to the bed by her spouse while he was at work, as required by facility policy. As a result, the reporting process to the appropriate authorities was delayed. The RN’s conduct could have injured the patient in that it created an unsafe environment and may have unnecessarily exposed the patient to emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm.
In response to the entire incident happened, the RN states that due to connectivity issues, she opened the patient’s chart on her tablet prior to arriving at the patient’s house. En route, she was called to another patient’s house, and mistakenly charted the second patient’s notes into the other patient’s chart. The error was subsequently caught and both patients’ charts were corrected to be accurate.
Additionally, in response to the second incident, the RN states that she immediately educated the patient’s spouse on the improper use of restraint and followed what she had been trained and thought was facility policy by notifying the patient’s interdisciplinary care group at the scheduled IDG meeting a few days later, as the patient was not in any immediate danger.
As a result, the actions of the RN were grounds of violation, enough to put the RN into disciplinary actions by the Texas Board of Nursing. Failure to hire a Texas BON lawyer for full defense has led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
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