There are instances where a nurse attorney can be very useful whenever an RN or an LVN faced charges, complaints, or any accusations. Patients tend to file complaints immediately whenever they experience poorly regarding patient care during treatment. But any RN or LVN can defend themselves when such a thing happens.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Channelview, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and four (4) months.
On or about April 29, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to notify the patient’s physician when her interventions were not producing sustained improvement for the patient. Further, the RN failed to document her interventions for the patient during her shift. The RN failed to assess and/or document the patient’s vital signs after 0500.
In response to the incident, the RN states that this was an old Intensive Care Unit (ICU), in which much of the equipment was outdated and malfunctioning. The RN states that at times the old monitors stopped working and did not transfer information, showed blank screens, dropped patient information, displayed errors, and other malfunctions. The RN intervened frequently with this patient. The RN did inform the physician at approximately 0648, of the patient’s frequent need for suctioning during the night. The RN acknowledges that she did not document all of her interventions, though some of her interventions were documented. The RN further states that she did not fail to assess her patient’s vital signs after 0500, as evidenced by the 0648 medication that was documented in the MAR, and was given in response to the vital signs. The RN acknowledges that her documentation was not as complete as she would have wanted it to be.
As what happened in the incident above, the RN was disciplined by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and was suspended, and was on probation due to what happened with the patient. The discipline was issued to the RN which is based on and is pursuant to Section 301.452 (b) (10) & (13) of the Texas Occupations Code.
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