The disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is an administrative proceeding wherein RN and LVN are charged for the commission of an offense or violation of certain state laws. Upon facing the Board, you need to look for a Houston Nurse Lawyer for you to know about the proceedings when facing The Board.
Any RN or LVN in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever an LVN or an RN finds himself in such a situation, she will need to find the best Houston Nurse Lawyer in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her RN / LVN license. Otherwise, the Texas Board of Nursing may find her guilty in the administrative case and order for the revocation of her RN / LVN license.
Two RNs were among the thousands of nurses charged before the Texas Board of Nursing. The complaint alleged that while employed individually, the RN failed to provide nursing care to her patients.
The first happened on or about June 3, 2016. While employed as an RN, she may have performed a physical restraint and seclusion on a severely autistic patient, without notifying the physician or obtaining a physician’s order, and may have held the door shut with his foot.
Further, the RN failed to document the events in the patient’s medical record, and she failed to document a potential injury the patient had, resulting in a bloody nose.
As a defense to her case, the RN states that the only other nurse working on the unit with him that day said she was going to walk a patient who had just been discharged to the front of the hospital. She states that after the other nurse left, she heard a mental health technician yelling for help.
The RN said she observed her patient behaving aggressively so she held the patient by her arm and escorted him back to his room. She also states the patient had dried blood on his face but did not appear to be actively bleeding.
She didn’t see a wound, the patient was breathing normally, and did not appear to be in any distress. She further explains that she stood outside the patient’s door and directed him through the pane of security glass built into the door, for him to sit down on the bed several times.
She says she does not recall if the patient attempted to leave the room, but she did come to the window and she redirected him to sit down. She further states she does not remember if she propped her foot against the door, but it’s possible she did.
The RN’s intention was to keep the patient in his room and monitor him from outside through the window until his nurse got back. She states that after several minutes, she sent the MHT to find the other nurse.
When they arrived, she told the other nurse what had happened since she had been the patient’s nurse for the past 30 days and she had a better rapport with him. The other nurse then went into the room to assess the patient. The RN claims she entered notes on the patient in the computer and states the other nurse was supposed to call the physician and complete the appropriate paperwork.
Her conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to the risk of emotional, mental, or physical harm, and created an incomplete medical record. The Texas BON dealt with the RN’s misconduct by issuing her a warning.
The second case happened on or about June 30, 2015. An RN failed to perform blood sugar Accu checks on diabetic residents as ordered by the physician. Her conduct exposed the residents unnecessarily to a risk of experiencing unrecognized clinical complications of hyperglycemia and/or hypoglycemia.
Additionally, the RN also falsely documented in the medical records of the patient. That the Accu checks were completed, and she documented blood sugar results even though none of these results were stored in the glucometer memory.
The RN’s conduct was deceptive and resulted in an inaccurate medical record that exposed the residents unnecessarily to the risk of harm in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to provide further care.
The asserts that she performed the blood sugar Accu checks for the residents, as ordered.
The RN further states that she correctly documented the results of each blood sugar Accu check. However, the Texas Board of Nursing found the RN guilty and was issued a sanction of warning.
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