Losing your license may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire a reliable 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. This RN from Fredericksburg, Texas happens to be one of them.
On or about August 6, 2017, the RN failed to notify the Director of Nurses (DON) and/or Administrator that a certified nurse aide (CNA) expressed concern after observing a patient, a registered sex offender, walking away from female patient’s room.
Additionally, the RN failed to notify the DON and/or Administrator that the patient’s brief tabs were opened. Further, she failed to document the CNA’s concerns and her assessment of the patient in the residents’ medical records. The patient sexually assaulted another patient two days later.
The RN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record, unnecessarily exposed the residents to a risk of harm, and may have contributed to the sexual assault of the patient.
In response to the allegations filed against her, the RN states she was at the nurse’s station when she saw the patient leave the TV room. She states a few minutes later she heard a CNA yelling from the patient’s room.
The RN states that she and another CNA went to the patient’s room and saw the resident lying in her bed with her head off her pillow and her eyes closed. She states the resident’s brief was intact, but the tabs were open. The RN states there was no evidence that the tabs had been forced open, and her brief was dry.
The RN further states that the resident was turned over and there was no redness or evidence of foul play. She states that if the CNAs were really concerned, they would have notified the DON, ADON or Administrator. She further states that if she suspected any foul play she would have sent to the hospital for evaluation. She also states she didn’t document anything because there was nothing to document.
With the lack of an experienced nurse attorney to help her, the RN was proved guilty. Because of this, the RN was disciplined and suspended.
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.