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Malpractices have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.

One such incident occurred on or about June 1, 2017, through June 26, 2017, to an RN in Houston, Texas. Before the initial time of the incident, she was employed in a medical facility in Houston and had been in that position for more than one year.

During the said period of time, the RN allegedly failed to document in the medical record completion of assessments and reassessments and care provided to several patients.

This conduct by the RN Respondent’s conduct resulted in incomplete medical records and was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent caregivers did not have accurate and complete information on which to base their decisions for further care.

Subsequently, the RN also failed to address the elevated blood pressure readings of another patient by administering an as-needed dose of Hydralazine as ordered or contacting the physician. Her conduct was likely to injure a patient in that failure to treat the patient’s elevated blood pressure could have resulted in adverse consequences.

This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.

In response to the incidents, the RN states that she can only be accountable for the omissions found in her charting. She is very aware of the statement in regards to the nursing profession that “if it’s not charted it’s not done.” However, the RN is confident that she took care of her patients even though there is missing documentation on different days. With respect to the omissions in her charting, the RN states that it does not reflect the manner in which she cared for her patients.

The RN further states that the unit in which she worked was a very fast-paced unit and that she felt bullied by some staff at times. She states that the environment did have a negative impact on her nursing documentation due to the pressure of not being allowed to overlook her charting. The RN states that she stands strong in saying that she has never placed a patient in harm’s way in her thirty years of nursing experience.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.

So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.