Accusations of negligence are something that a nurse attorney could be of great help 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.
On or about April 1, 2015, while employed as a Registered Nurse in Dallas, the RN failed to completely and accurately monitor her patient.
The patient was 19-year-old daughter, went into an outpatient surgery center in Dallas for a minor procedure. Because of an error by an inexperienced RN, she was deprived of oxygen.
Further, RN also failed to monitor her condition. By the time the oxygen shortage was discovered, it was too late and the patient was permanently and irreversibly brain damaged. She has spent the last ten years in a nursing home in a vegetative state. The case was settled for an amount equivalent to the cap on compensation, a sum not nearly enough to cover the patient’s long term care.
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.
However, the RN failed to attend the hearing or even failed to at least hire a nurse attorney to help her defend her case.
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.