Any type of accusation can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a medical facility in Sugar Land, Texas, and had been in this position for approximately four (4) months.
While employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to conduct skilled nursing visits for a home health patient assigned to her during the week of 2/13/05 – 2/19/05. The RN’s failure to assess and evaluate her assigned home health patients deprived the patients of timely intervention in the event they experienced a significant change in status.
In response to that, the said RN attributes her omission to an inadvertent error in her record keeping. On April 6, 2005, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to complete a patient’s home health visit nursing note in a timely manner. The conduct of the RN deprived subsequent caregivers of essential information required to provide continuity of ongoing medical care.
In regards to that, the said RN denies this allegation and states that she believes she turned in her nursing notes in a timely manner.
On or about May 23, 2005, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to attend the pronouncement of the death of the Patient when contacted by the family. Furthermore, the RN falsified the pronouncement note to indicate that she had attended the pronouncement. The RN’s conduct was deceiving.
In terms of the incident, the said RN states that due to the fact the patient’s family called her in the middle of the night and lived in an unsafe area of town, she was fearful of attending the pronouncement and requested her supervisor (who was a male) to attend. The RN’s supervisor refused and told her to have the police meet her there. Instead of attending the pronouncement, the RN contacted the family and told them to call an ambulance to pick up the deceased patient. Later, the RN completed the pronouncement document indicating her attendance at the pronouncement of the patient’s death.
On or about May 25, 2005, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN appeared to be sleeping while on duty, had slurred speech, appeared to have difficulty walking, and admitted she had taken pain medication prior to accepting a nursing assignment. The RN’s condition may have prevented her from delivering safe nursing care.
In the aftermath of the occurrence, the said RN denies admitting she had taken pain medication or that she was impaired while on duty, the RN did and currently does take ongoing pain medication for a back injury she sustained.
Because of this incident, 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 nurse attorney if only the RN had hired one. Hiring a 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 one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.