Any administrative or criminal cases such as illegal drug use or fraudulent acts have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Director of Nursing in a medical facility in Bastrop and had been in that position for one year and one month.
On or about May 9 and 10, 2016, the RN failed to adequately supervise the care provided to MRI 0097 in that the staff, for whom she was professionally responsible, failed to contact the provider for admission orders and failed to obtain BiPAP equipment and administer medications, including Digoxin and Furosemide, as ordered by the Provider. Subsequently, the patient was transferred to the hospital with symptoms of shortness of breath and bilateral edema.
The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer these medications could exacerbate the patient’s cardiorespiratory symptoms.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the LVN attended for her career’s security.
In response to the incident, the RN states that she has always provided adequate supervision and provided extensive training to her staff including online in-services, regular in-services for general issues, targeted in-services based on her observation of staff, and review of nurses notes. In addition, she makes herself available to staff in person on my phone.
The Texas Board of Nursing investigated the LVN and suspended her license.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire an experienced nurse attorney for assistance if she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.