The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. An RN in Carrollton, Texas needs to follow several policies, rules, and regulations in order to prevent suspension or revocation of her RN license. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence which may have put their license in danger if not properly defended by a nurse attorney.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Lewisville, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and three (3) months.
On or about April 1, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to physically assess the pulse rate of a patient, who was in seclusion and instead documented an estimated pulse rate, based on the patient’s respiration rate. Further, the RN did not indicate in the medical record that the pulse rate he documented had been estimated, and he failed to document the patient’s respiration rate. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his documentation in order to provide further patient care.
In response, the RN states that he documented vital signs at or near the time that the patient went from the day room to the seclusion room. The RN states that he and the oncoming shift’s nurse entered the seclusion room for a change of shift assessment. The RN states he measured the patient’s pulse by the traditional method of palpating the patient’s radial pulse for fifteen seconds and multiplying that number by four (4). For the remaining two (2) entries in which the RN documented the patient’s pulse, the RN states that he used the breath: pulse ratio of 1:4 to calculate the patient’s pulse rate based upon his nursing knowledge of the approximate 1:4 ratio.
Subsequently, the matter was investigated and the RN will be subjected to disciplinary action by the Texas Board of Nursing. This happened to him the reason that he failed to hire a nurse attorney for proper assistance, causing him to undergo such procedures.
Losing your nursing license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. For assistance regarding your nurse license case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.