Sleeping while on duty is the most common mistake nurses could make. The Board may find the nurse lacked the fitness to practice because of this reason. Although there are other factors and aspects to look for if you are really a fit to practice nursing. If the Board summons you, always seek a good nurse attorney to represent you in court.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Richardson, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) years and eight (8) months.
On or about February 18, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Richardson, Texas, and assigned to a patient, who was under suicidal observation, RN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she was observed sleeping while on duty. RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgements, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In response to the above incident, RN states she was filling in for a nurse on a different floor and they placed her in a quiet room where no one came to check on her for over two hours. According to RN, the patient was asleep, his TV was off, and they were not allowed to have their phones. RN explains that she closed her eyes for 10 minutes, long enough for the shift manager to see and walk away. RN states there was no injury to the patient.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10),(12)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4)&(5).
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place her 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.