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The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN license and LVN license being defended by Dallas nurse lawyers.  The Board of Nursing has the power to suspend or revoke the nurse license.  It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the State of Texas.

The disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is an administrative proceeding wherein LVN / RN are charged for the commission of an offense or violation of certain state laws.

On or about July 11,2016, while employed as a RN in a Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, the RN failed to ensure a time-out procedure was performed or document a time-out prior to the start of the hemodialysis  catheter implantation procedure for a patient.

Aside from this, the RN also administered sedation  to the patient . prior  to her  scheduled  hemodialysis  catheter  implantation  procedure  without  the supervision   of  the  physician   or  another  licensed   practitioner,   per  facility  policy.

The RN not only failed to verify the code status of the patient prior   to  her  scheduled   hemodialysis   catheter   implantation   procedure. Subsequently,    the   patient   became   unresponsive,    a   Code   Blue   was   called,   and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was initiated.  The patient’s Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order was identified, CPR was discontinued, and the patient  was pronounced  deceased.

On the same day, the RN falsely pre-documented in the medical record of the patient that the patient tolerated the hemodialysis catheter implantation procedure well and was transported back to her room via bed following  the procedure. The patient had actually expired in the interventional radiology suite prior to the start of the procedure.

In response  to the complaints filed against her,  the RN  states the hospital did not give her adequate training related to her position in Interventional Radiology (IR).  She further explains she requested copies of policies regarding sedation, as well as a list of nursing duties and responsibilities in IR, but was never provided with the requested information.

The RN thought what she was taught by her supervisor and tenured  colleagues was correct and in the facility’s policies.   She states she assessed the patient before administering sedation and the patient’s vital signs were stable.  She adds she suggested early documentation to her supervisor to keep up with the pace of the unit and her supervisor said it was fine because they already knew the expected outcome.   She further expalins she was never given a chance to modify her documentation because they wanted her to immediately complete an incident report.

However, the Texas Board of Nursing found the RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that the correct patient, procedure, and surgical site would not be confirmed by staff prior to the procedure, placing the patient at risk of undergoing the wrong invasive procedure. Her conduct was also likely to deceive other care givers who needed current information on the patient’s status to make decisions for further care.

Furthermore, her   conduct   was  likely  to  injure  the  patient  from  care  provided  without  a physician’s order and against the patient’s wishes.

Due to the series of events, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined the RN and her RN license was suspended.

She failed to justify her case to the Texas Board of Nursing by not hiring Dallas nurse lawyers that will properly defend her.

Avoid committing the same mistake she did. If you’re looking for Dallas nurse lawyers, immediately contact the office of nurse Attorney Yong J. An by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679.