For complaints regarding misconduct, a nurse attorney is the one you should be in contact with. However, many nurses failed to do so, resulting in suspension or revocation of their nursing license. Just like what happened to an RN in San Antonio. Read below to know her story.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Charge Nurse at a hospital facility in Temple, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and nine (9) months.
On or about June 2, 201 9, through June 3, 2019, while employed as a Charge Nurse, the RN falsely documented the time assessments were completed for ten (10) patients when instead the RN was logged into streaming video websites in the nurse’s station. The RN’s conduct was deceptive, resulted in inaccurate medical records, and was likely to injure the patients from possibly undetected changes in condition.
On or about June 3, 2019, while employed as a Charge Nurse, the RN failed to timely intervene and call a Code when patient 1 choked patient 2 in direct view of the nurse’s station. Patient 2 was found unresponsive with facial cyanosis, had voided herself, had reddened fingerprint ecchymosis on her neck, and had pinpoint petechiae around her eyes. During this incident, the RN was logged into streaming video websites in the nurse’s station. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from the delayed treatment of her injuries.
In response to the incident, the RN states that he did not falsify any assessment records. He also states that he always comes in early prior to actual shift change and performed a walk around and saw all the patients under his charge. And that he did perform assessments on each patient. He states that he came back later and entered the assessments into the electronic medical record. Respondent states that this has always been his practice.
In addition, the RN states that the medication nurse was next to the patient on the other side of the desk, passing medications to other patients. The RN states that he was at the desk putting in updates for the upcoming shift reports when he heard the medication nurse call for help. The RN states that at this time he looked up immediately and went to assist. The RN states that he assisted to get the patient off the other and the other nurse left to call for a Code Burt and Rapid response. The RN states that he was at the patient’s side checking her pulse and breathing. The RN also states that he called for vital signs and pulse ox, which was both done and stable. And that he reports that other personnel arrived. He even states that he went to call the emergency room resident to see the patient, but he noticed that he was there already. The RN states that he informed the resident of the situation and what the vital signs were. The RN states that the patient was seen and stable afterward.
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 LVN.
Attorney Yong J. An is a Texas nurse attorney that has a proven track record. He has over 12 years of experience handling Texas BON disciplinary action cases and has helped protect the license of numerous nurses in Texas. For a confidential consultation, call or text him at (832) 428-5679.