Nurses do their jobs objectively, but they should not just go by the book. Patients need someone who they can rely on during their journey to health improvement, someone who they can entrust their safety during their stay at a hospital. But for a slight mistake for RNs can be a big impact on their career and their license. That is why every RN who is facing the consequences of their mistake needs a nurse attorney for help and defense.
On or about February 22, 2020, through February 23, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Garland, Texas, the RN accepted the care for a patient, who had an incorrect infusion of Argatroban running, instead of octreotide, as ordered. Subsequently, the incorrect medication-infused throughout the RN’s shift, until shift change, when the patient was discovered vomiting blood. The patient required transfer to a higher level of care. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from the administration of blood-thinning medication without physician orders.
In response to the incident, the RN states that when she started her shift, the wrong medication was running and had been running for almost twelve hours before she assumed care. She states that the patient and family were upset because the day physician would not come to see why the patient was having a nosebleed. And that after report, she started her safety checks by checking vital signs, emergency equipment, and patient’s medical status, and at this time she looked at the pump. She states that the pump indicates that the prescribed medication was infusing at the prescribed rate. She also added that she looked toward the bag and noticed that it was in the same brown covering, but did not pull the bag off the medication to check the name of the patient and medication. And that after assessing the patient, she realized that the patient was worse than she heard in the report, and she was so focused on her current health issues deteriorating, it never crossed her mind that the wrong medication could have been hanging. She also adds that she found out the hard way that it is good practice to double-check everything regardless of who the nurse is before you.
As a result, the RN’s own conduct has put her into disciplinary actions as decided by the Texas Board of Nursing. If only she did not failed to hire a Texas BON lawyer for defense, then this would have not 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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