The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN/LVN in Texas found guilty of violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case. The complaint can be filed before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). While a nurse attorney has the capabilities to help and defend an accused from any cases filed against him/her.
When it comes to disciplinary proceedings before an administrative body in the state of Texas, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is to hire the best Texas nurse license attorney. This attorney can help any RN/LVN defend herself and try to prevent the revocation of the license of RN/LVN in Texas.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Pearland, Texas, and had been in that position for eleven (11) months.
On or about June 4, 2019, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Pearland, Texas, RN failed to intervene for approximately six (6) hours, including failure to notify the neurosurgeon, after a patient, diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage after a fall, presented with a change in neurological status from baseline at the beginning of her shift. Further, RN failed to document the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) when assessing the patient’s neurological status, and also failed to document any nursing interventions or communications with health team members. Subsequently; the patient experienced worsening brain hemorrhage and required an emergency craniotomy before the shift ended. RN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from delayed treatment.
In response, RN states she was told during the report at 10:30 p.m. that the patient had an initial GCS score of fourteen (14), and that the patient would respond to physical stimuli by moaning and was also snoring. RN states the patient arrived at the intensive care unit at 10:40 p.m. and she assessed the patient to have a GCS score of four (4). RN further states she spoke with the nurse practitioner at 12:00 a.m. and at 1:00 a.m. called the Radiology Department to request a previously scheduled Computerized Tomography (CT) be completed as soon as possible. RN states her request was denied. RN states she called the off-site radiology provider at 2:40 a.m. and requested a STAT read of the CT results. RN stated the neurosurgeon called her at 4:00 a.m. stating he had been contacted regarding the test results and to prepare the patient for surgery. RN states the CT of the head had been ordered as a routine test and, had it not been for her interventions, the results would not have been read by the on-site radiologist until after 8:00 a.m. RN states she performed hourly neurological assessments from which the GCS could be deduced and she did not re-enter the GCS each hour as the score did not change. RN further states she failed to document her communications with the other members of the healthcare team and also states she should have notified the physician earlier of the low GCS scores.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.463(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
However, the lack of evidence and expert nurse attorney to defend her led to the Texas Board of Nursing’s decision to subject her RN license under disciplinary action.
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