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Nurses are always at risk for accusations of medical malpractice or negligence. If someone filed a complaint against you, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Bryan, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who were charged with negligence and failed to hire an effective nurse attorney.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Bryan, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) months.

On or about September 21, 2019, while employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Bryan, Texas, RN failed to obtain and/or clarify a diet order for a resident, a patient with a recent hospitalization for possible aspiration pneumonia, when he was discharged from a nursing home and returned to the facility with incomplete diet orders/instructions. Furthermore, on or about November 6, 2019, through November 20, 2019, RN failed to notify the physician when the above-mentioned resident had an itchy rash on his abdomen, chest, arms, and face.

In response, RN states the section for Suggested Diet was left blank on the discharge instructions from the nursing home, so she followed the previous hospitalization discharge instructions which stated resume pre hospitalization diet. RN states the patient was on a chopped diet prior to the hospitalization and subsequent nursing home admission. RN further states that the patient was evaluated by physicians after his return to the facility who did not change his diet orders, and he underwent a diagnostic barium swallow test that confirmed he had normal esophageal motility. RN further states she treated the patient’s intermittent rash with 25mg of Benadryl, which resolved the issue within one hour, and directed staff to monitor and report if rash recurred. It was later determined the rash was due to a change in the patient’s laundry detergent. Later, RN’s mentor advised her to report any intermittent or reoccurring problems to the physician — even if resolved with over-the-counter medication.

The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(M),(1)(N)&(1)(P).

The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Bryan nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a Bryan nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who has represented more than 150 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years.