An experienced 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 Texas nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that the RN from Bryan, Texas committed in April 2019 was one of those examples.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Bryan, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and ten (10) months.
It was on or about April 12, 2019, when the RN failed to assess the blood pressure of a patient prior to the administration of cardiac medications, Lisinopril, Coreg, and Diltiazem. Additionally, the RN failed to assess the aforementioned patient’s blood pressure throughout the shift. Subsequently, when abnormal vital signs were obtained by the technician, including low blood pressure and heart rate, no nursing interventions were performed. The patient became unresponsive after the shift change and could not be resuscitated. The RN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm from potentially adverse complications of undetected and untreated changes in cardiac status, including possible demise.
And on or about April 12, 2019, the RN also failed to accurately and completely report and document events during the shift related to the aforementioned Patient; including, patient status, change in condition, rounding, intake and output, and contact with the provider regarding abdominal bloating. The RN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response to the incidents above, the RN states she was never notified by the technician of the abnormal vital signs. The RN also states the technician had a habit of documenting vital signs in the medical record hours later. The RN states the patient was found unresponsive after being escorted to the bathroom and left there by the oncoming shift.
Because of the incident, the Texas Board of Nursing has subjected the RN to disciplinary action. It is proved that the RN has committed violations. The decision of the Board was cause pursuant to Section 301.452(b) (13), Texas Occupations Code, to take disciplinary action against the RN.
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