Any type of allegations or accusations at work can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the 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 initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a medical facility in Conroe, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and three (3) months.
On or about July 13, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to obtain a signed consent prior to administration of blood components to the Patient. The failure of the RN created an incomplete medical record and deprived the patient of the opportunity to be an informed participant in health care decisions with regards to full knowledge of the risks involved, probable consequences, and the alternatives as they apply to blood transfusions.
It was on or about August 20, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to enter the correct protocol orders for new admission for the patients in that the RN entered protocol orders for subcutaneous Heparin instead of Heparin flush. The RN’s failure unnecessarily exposed the patients to a risk of harm from possible blood clotting and subsequent blockage of their subclavian catheters.
On or about September 26, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to adjust the Heparin infusion rate upon review of physician-ordered partial thromboplastin time (PPT) lab values, which were abnormal, for Patient VU, who had a diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). The action of the RN exposed the patient to the risk of harm from adverse complications of DVT; including permanent damage to the lungs and other organs as a result of restricted blood flow.
It was on or about October 10, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, that the RN failed to properly implement physician orders when the RN administered propranolol to a patient, who had a systolic blood pressure of 108. The physician’s order specified to hold the propranolol for systolic blood pressure less than 110. The RN’s actions exposed the patient to the risk of injury from adverse complications of decreased blood and oxygen flow to body organs.
In regards to the incident, the RN stated that another nurse told her the signed consent was in the patient’s chart and she did not check to verify the consent before administering the blood, and she was unaware of standing orders for all ports to have heparin flushes. The RN indicated that the PPT results were dated by the time she saw them; the physician was contacted to obtain orders for a current PPT, and, on the receipt of that PPT, the Heparin infusion rate was properly adjusted. In addition, the said RN did administer the propranolol to the patient with a systolic BP of 108, and she was thankful the patient did not experience any adverse effects.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license to disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN 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.