Maintaining patient safety and adhering to established protocols are fundamental responsibilities for healthcare professionals, particularly when it comes to specialized care such as cardiac monitoring. Nurses are entrusted with the crucial task of ensuring accurate and continuous monitoring of patients’ vital signs, especially those requiring telemetry services. Any lapse in adhering to these protocols can have serious consequences for patient well-being and overall care quality. Such incidents underscore the importance of adhering to guidelines and protocols set forth by healthcare institutions, particularly when it pertains to patient monitoring and specialized care. When confronted with allegations of not adhering to these standards, it becomes essential to seek legal counsel, such as a nurse attorney, to navigate the legal intricacies and ensure a fair and comprehensive investigation that safeguards the rights and well-being of all parties involved.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Allen, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eight (8) months.
On or about March 14, 2021, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Allen, Texas, RN failed to (1) notify the Telemetry Bank after a cardiac patient had been admitted to the telemetry unit and (2) verify with the telemetry technician that the telemetry box attached to the patient was functioning, a violation of facility policy. As a result, the patient’s cardiac rhythm was not continuously monitored during RN’s shift, as per provider order; subsequently, during the next shift, the patient was found unresponsive. RN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of injury from adverse complications of an undetected arrhythmias, including cardiac arrest.
In response, RN states the telemetry box was placed on the patient by another nurse. RN also states he did not contact the telemetry technician to notify them the patient had arrived at the unit to verify the patient’s rhythm was being monitored. RN also states the telemetry technician failed to follow facility policy.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13) Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(M),(1)(N)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend his side, but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help him with his case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place his RN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.