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). So, if the Board summoned you, hire a nurse attorney for help in facing the Board.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at the hospital in Lewisville, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) months.
On or about February 10, 2018, through February 11, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN accepted a nursing assignment providing care to ventilator-dependent patients without first obtaining competency and/or experience in nursing care of ventilator-dependent patients. The RN’s conduct exposed the patients to risk of injury from lack of competent nursing care; including, respiratory distress and hypoxia.
On or about February 10, 2018, through February 11, 2018, the RN administered 650mg of acetaminophen to a patient in excess of physician’s orders. Additionally, the RN failed to completely and accurately document the administration of the acetaminophen in the Medication Administration Record of the Patient. The RN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that the administration of medications in excess frequency/dosage of the physician’s order could result in the patient suffering adverse reactions.
On or about February 11, 201 8, the RN failed to timely notify the provider for approximately two (2) hours following an acute change in the condition of the patient., who was exhibiting signs of respiratory distress. The RN also failed to timely escalate care when there was no response from the physician. Subsequently, the patient exhibited worsening respiratory distress for approximately an additional four (4) hours before the RN contacted emergency medical services. The RN’s conduct resulted in delayed treatment and may have contributed to the resident’s demise.
On or about February 11, 2018, the RN failed to document a physical nursing assessment for the patient during the shift. The RN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response to the incident, the RN states that her past employment provided her with the training necessary to care for tracheostomy and ventilator-dependent patients. And also the RN states she contacted the nurse practitioner when the physician did not respond, and also states she attempted to contact her supervisor.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing subjected the RN and her license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nurse Attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nurse Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach an experienced Texas Nurse Attorney, Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 200 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs over the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.