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Anyone can file a complaint against an RN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A Garland  nurse license attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the Texas Board of Nursing summoned you. R150166N5831

On or about September 23, 2011, through September 24, 2011, while employed as a Staff RN in Garland, the RN failed to assess and intervene when a patient began to experience changes in condition such as increased shortness of breath, confusion and trying to get out of bed. Instead of assessing the patient’s change of condition as required, the RN applied four point restraints hours to a physician’s order.

Approximately one hour later, the patient’s respiratory distress progressed to the point that the charge nurse had to call a code. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from complications of untreated respiratory distress and inappropriately applied restraints, including possible demise.

Subsequently, the RN failed to document and report to her RN supervisor and physician when the patient began to experience increased shortness of breath, confusion and trying to get out of bed.

The RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record, and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers did not have accurate information on which to base their decisions for further care.

In response to the incident, the RN states through her attorney, that at approximately 1:30 am, the patient woke up and could not be soothed or calmed down. She was determined to pull out his IV, kept taking off his nasal cannula and wanting to leave the hospital. She states, “I quickly assessed his level of consciousness and orientation status with no change; he remained alert and oriented to all.

He went on pulling at lines/tubing, swinging his legs down the side of the bedrail and sliding his body down the bed. He said he couldn’t breathe. The entire time this went on his hemodynamics were stable and his oxygen saturation (SPO2) and respiratory rate were non-troubling.

At 2:00 am, after complaining that he couldn’t breathe, but continued to try to get to the bottom of the bed and remove his oxygen (O2). I placed him in bilateral wrist restraints and shortly thereafter placed bilateral soft ankle restraints, as he continued to swing his feet out of the bed and try to work his body down towards the foot of the bed. I continued to chart on the computer in front of the patient’s room and was checking him frequently. It was my plan to call the physician and give her a recap of all the events of the shift right before 6:00 am, so that she could pass off information concerning the shift in report to the day shift physician.”

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to hear her side of the story. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself. Therefore, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.

Once a charge from the Board is filed, that case becomes public record and available for the world to see. When this happens, this makes it very difficult to get a job that takes insurance. An experienced Garland nurse license attorney knows how to avoid these pitfalls.

Attorney Yong J. An is a Garland nurse license lawyer in Texas that has a proven track record. He has over 16 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.