Whenever someone filed a complaint against you which involves malpractice, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from San Antonio, Texas is just one of the many examples.
On or about October 2, 2017, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in San Antonio, the RN failed to implement physician ordered contact precautions for a patient.
Additionally, the RN failed to scan and correctly document the administration of normal saline in the patient’s medical record. Her conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and exposed others to risk of harm from possible exposure to contagious pathogens.
In response to the incident, the RN states that there was no order to scan because she took a verbal order at the bedside and implemented it immediately, and the actual order didn’t get put in for at least an hour. She states that the reason for this delay is that the physicians are with several patients and they may not return to put in orders until they are finished with their rounds, so the nurses are at their mercy in terms of when orders are finally entered. She states when she pulled the saline at the end of the shift, she scanned it and retimed it for the actual time she gave it, which she did at the instruction of the charge nurse.
The RN states that as for the contact order, the patient was going to be discharged and she wasn’t expecting to put him on isolation if he was going to be leaving. The RN adds that she was focused on making sure the medical record was done, wound care supplies were ordered, and the report was called. She states that it was not until 1600 that the social worker called and said the discharge was on hold; she had attempted to call her three or four times earlier in the day, with no response. She states that by that time she was working on her other admission which normally takes two hours and during such time she is away from her other patients. The RN further states that there was no delay in the administration of the normal saline, rather a delay in the documentation, and more importantly, the scanning and documentation was done according to instructions from the charge nurse.
However, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the RN.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579