An experienced Bryan nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead toward disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a Bryan nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an RN committed in July 2017, was one of those examples.
At the time of the incident, the RN was employed in a medical facility in Bryan, Texas, and had been in that position for one year and eight months.
At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as an Assistant Director of Nursing in a hospital in Bryan and had been in that position for three months
On or about July 13, 2017, the RN failed to adequately collaborate with the assigned nurse and physician for a patient, when the patient had a change in condition. The patient’s assigned nurse informed the RN that the patient was being sent to the hospital, at which time the RN assessed the patient, and failed to document an assessment in the patient’s medical record. The RN instructed the assigned nurse to ask the doctor to order some labs instead of sending the patient to the hospital.
Approximately two hours later, the RN was notified that the physician declined the labs and still wanted the patient sent to the hospital, and three hours after that, the patient arrived at the Emergency Room, with the right-sided facial droop and arm weakness, and diagnosed with a cerebral vascular accident. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from delayed treatment.
In response to the incident, the RN states that around 1100 the charge nurse informed her that she was sending the patient to the emergency room. She states that she asked the charge nurse why and was told that the patient was weak. She reports that she asked the charge nurse what the patient’s vitals were.
The RN states that she was told her vitals were stable. She states that she went into the patient’s room and she assessed the patient, stating that the patient was able to communicate with her, sit up on the side of the bed, and grabbed both hands with a strong grip. The RN states that while she was assessing the patient the DON came into the patient’s room and assessed the patient also. The RN reports that they both came out of the patient’s room and instructed the charge nurse to ask the physician if they could order labs and IV fluids due to generalized weakness and they both left the nurse’s station.
The RN states that around 1315 she headed back to the nurse’s station and was told by the charge nurse that the physician had said no to the labs and to send the patient to the emergency room. The RN states that she went into the patient’s room again and informed the patient that they were sending her to the hospital. She reports that the patient stated that she did not want to go, so she went to the nurse’s station and informed the charge nurse to call the patient’s daughter. She states that she then informed the DON that the patient was going to the hospital and that physician had said no to the labs. The RN adds that the DON. nor herself were ever informed that the patient had a stroke or was having stroke-like symptoms.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good Bryan nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanor during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced Bryan nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.