Negligence at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, an RN from Cleburne failed to do this. This results in disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Always keep in mind that the Texas Board of Nursing handles all of the cases that may affect the license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with the right nurse attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the nurse’s favor, especially if the RN has a good defense against the case.
On or about December 31, 2015, while employed as a Staff Nurse in a hospital in Cleburne, the RN failed to adequately assess and monitor the vital signs and oxygen saturation of a patient, including after administration of narcotic (intravenous) IV medications.
On or about January 28, 2016, the RN failed to secure medications belonging to the patient.
On or about March 3, 2016, the RN failed to advocate for the safety of high fall risk patients by instructing a radiology technician to place the patient into a chair and activate the chair alarm.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. In response to the incidents, the RN that she frequently made every attempt to monitor the patient, but the patient continuously removed the device to go to the restroom even though she was asked to call for assistance.
The RN states that when the physician came into the room, she was called to the room, and the patient was drowsy but arousable. She states that the patient had previously received medication and at some point, the pulse oximetry monitor had been turned off. She states that she did not turn it off.
The RN further states that she had instructed the patient on how very important it was to keep the monitor on and to call for assistance.
Secondly, regarding the other patient, the RN states that she was working with a nursing student on said day and was instructing the student on medication administration and documentation of home medications. She states that she was instructed to attend a mandatory meeting during the shift. She states that she gave the medications to the student, told the student to monitor the patient while she was in the meeting and that they would continue the instructions when she returned.
The RN states that when she returned, the manager had found the medications unattended on the portable workstation, where the student had left them.
Lastly, regarding the last patient, the RN states that when she was called to assist the radiology technician to set the chair alarm, she was assisting another patient and could not go right away to assist the technician. She states that she told the technician all she had to do was set the patient in the chair and that would set the alarm, and if the patient tried getting out of the chair, the alarm would be activated. She states that when she finished with the other patient, she went to the said patient’s room, and the patient was safe in his chair with the alarm set and his wife at the bedside.
However, her defense and lack of proper nurse attorney to help her resulted in disciplinary action by the Texas Board of Nursing.
If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.