Losing your license may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire a nurse attorney for the case. There are some RNs and LVNs who missed their chances to get their license saved from revocation just because they weren’t able to hire any nurse attorney to defend them.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a health facility in San Angelo, Texas, and had been in that position for approximately (1) month.
On or about February 25, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to assess and intervene when the patient experienced atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response thirty minutes after the RN started hemodialysis. Subsequently, the charge nurse called the rapid response team; when the team arrived, the RN was unable to recognize the patient’s heart rhythm on the telemetry monitor. A code was called, and the patient expired within the hour. The action of the said RN may have contributed to a delay in the onset of medical interventions for atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response.
It was on or about April 3, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to assess and intervene when the patient experienced hypotension from the time the RN initiated hemodialysis at 11:59 PM until 2:55 PM. Subsequently, the patient became unresponsive, the Rapid Response Team was called, the patient was revived and transferred to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit. The behavior of the RN contributed to the delay in the onset of interventions for hypotension.
On or about April 3, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to appropriately administer an ordered blood transfusion to the patient. Instead, repeatedly he punctured the bag of packed red blood cells (PBRCs) with a needle and a 60 ml syringe, drew the blood into the syringe, and administered it to the patient. The action of the said RN was likely to injure the patient from inefficacious treatment and exposed the patient to a risk of infection.
In relation to the situation that occurred, the said RN reports after fifteen to twenty minutes of the treatment, the monitor went on a unique alarm, he was called to check on the patient, he saw an irregular rhythm on the monitor and immediately checked vital signs. The RN reports the patient’s blood pressure dropped and he decided to return back the blood to the patient. The patient remained awake and conscious. The charge nurse called for a rapid response team, and when the team arrived, they asked him what was the rhythm on the monitor and he was not able to provide the answer.
In response to the said incidents, it was reported by the RN that while he was spiking the bag and inserting the bloodline, he accidentally punctured the side of the bag and decided to get a 50cc syringe and blunt needle and transfer it to the syringe, and then he gave it through the arterial line and slowly pushed the blood in the line going to the machine; he constantly monitored the patient’s vital signs and no adverse reaction was noted.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when the drug screening results were brought up to her. Therefore, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.