It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
On or about June 30, 2016, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in Dallas, the RN failed to clarify the discharge orders when the labs were still pending for a patient. In addition, she failed to document a head-to-toe assessment of this patient while she was under the RN’s care. Her conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to expose the patient to the risk of harm in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.
The Texas Board of Nursing sent a letter to the RN regarding the issue so then she can have the chance to defend herself. During the hearing, the RN states that after receiving what she read as a valid discharge order, she provided the patient with the visit summary and other paperwork and she left the building. The RN states that later that month she was notified that the patient had been discharged by an unauthorized student, who had been given access to discharge. The Rn further adds that she did a head to toe assessment on this patient at the beginning of her shift, but failed to document the assessment.
However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself. Therefore, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.
Any RN or LVN should never exceed the nurse-patient relationship in and out of work as it may affect their performance, which may lead to further issues to the patients they are taking care of. Additionally, if you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.