It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing any charges. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
An RN was employed as the Director of Nursing Services at a hospital in Conroe, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (1) month.
The incident happened on or about January 2018, through May 2018, the RN failed to ensure nursing staff, including the wound treatment nurse, were adequately trained and/or supervised to competently care for and treat the facility’s residents. Subsequently, three (3) patients are required transferred to the hospital for treatment of exacerbated skin conditions and/or wounds. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients due to inadequate treatment of skin conditions and/or wounds.
Then on or about March 6, 2018, through June 8, 2018, the RN failed to adequately monitor staff to ensure appropriate wound care and skincare assessments were conducted and failed to validate documentation thereof to ensure its accuracy and completeness, for the three (3) patients. Consequently, the RN failed to ensure that staff was appropriately notifying the physician of a change in the patient’s condition or the need for additional treatment and orders. Subsequently, two (2) patients were hospitalized for treatment of serious wound exacerbations that had not been adequately documented or reported. The RN’s conduct resulted in incomplete and inaccurate medical records and was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent caregivers did not have complete and accurate information on which to base their decisions for further care.
In response, the RN states that she provided extensive training since she became the Director of Nursing Services, including a three (3) day on the floor new hire orientation, regular in-services for general issues, specific in-services to target specific areas based on her observation of staff and review of nurses’ notes, and provided new tools for training. The RN states that she always supervised staff within the standard of care.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself. Therefore, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint 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.