Holding an RN license in Texas comes with certain obligations and responsibilities. If you want to continue practicing in the nursing profession, one of the important things that you need to do is to comply with the rules and regulations set by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Every RN in this state is subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Nursing. Whenever there are administrative complaints against RN, the Board will have the authority to hear and decide the merits of the cases. But in case an RN will be in trouble with any cases, a nurse attorney can help and defend any RNs from such situations.
But in case an RN will be in trouble with any cases, a nurse attorney can help and defend any RNs from such situations.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a title Registered Nurse at a medical facility in Plano, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and ten (10) months.
On or about November 9, 2018, while working as a Registered Nurse, the said RN failed to intervene when the Patient had continued respiratory distress. Specifically, when the patient became injured during physical therapy his respiratory rate increased. The patient was transported back to his home where the RN continued to care for him. The patient’s respiratory rate and heart rate continued to remain elevated throughout his shift and the RN was unable to obtain a reading on the patient’s pulse oximeter. Additionally, the RN failed to report the patient’s change in condition and malfunctioning pulse oximeter to his supervisor or the patient’s physician. The RN relinquished care to the patient’s mother after his shift. Subsequently, approximately thirty (30) minutes later the night nurse arrived and found the patient pulseless. Emergency Medical Services was called and the patient was transported to the hospital where he expired. The conduct of the RN may have contributed to the patient’s subsequent demise.
In relation to the situation that occurred, the said RN states that upon arrival received a report from the night nurse and that transport arrived to pick up the patient for pick up to physical therapy. Furthermore, the patient arrived at physical therapy, and during the session, the therapist mentioned that the patient was very tense and tight, and the heart rate remained elevated between the high ’80s to low ’90s. The therapist mentioned that it was due a year and a half with no physical therapy. It was asserted by the RN that at this time, during therapy, while working on the left hip, he heard a pop, and the therapist also assessed the area and did not feel a hip dislocation. The patient began to get fussy at this time and asked for a Senior Therapist to assess the patient for a second opinion. In addition, the therapist assessed the site and also did not see a hip dislocation. The said RN reports that the therapist mentioned continuing to monitor the patient and he would be sore and tense throughout the day, they arrived at home and the patient was given Motrin for the pain/soreness, but the patient was no longer grimacing. It was mentioned by the RN that the end of shift assessment was performed and the patient began to grimace so he gave Motrin again, the respiratory rate was within limits and the heart rate was in the high 80’s and was associated with the soreness/pain from therapy, and the Mother was made aware of the issue and that the oxygen saturation probe was repositioned.
As a result of what happened, the RN is facing disciplinary actions due to her misconduct. However, she failed to hire an experienced nurse attorney for proper assistance, causing her to undergo such procedures.
Losing your LVN or RN license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. For assistance regarding your nurse license case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.