In nursing care obtaining the correct diagnosis or result is very important. By doing so, the patient can receive the right treatment he/she needs. If an RN fails to do it correctly and if something bad happens to the patient due to the RN’s misconduct, the RN will be subjected to disciplinary action by the Board. The RN involved with such a case can ask for help from a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Laredo, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (1) month.
On or about April 18, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Laredo, Texas, RN administered IV Dilaudid to a patient, without completing a vital signs assessment prior to administering the medication. Additionally, RN administered 1 mg of the Dilaudid, which was in excess of the physician’s order for a documented pain level of 4 out of 10. Subsequently, the patient’s blood pressure dropped to 88/53 mmHg. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that administration of a narcotic medication prior to assessment, and in excess of a physician’s order, could result in over sedation, causing cardiovascular and respiratory complications.
Another incident happened on or about May 2, 2020, through May 3, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Laredo, Texas, RN failed to intervene for a patient, when the patient experienced continued elevated respiratory rate and his oxygen saturation dropped to the 80’s during the shift. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse complications of hypoxia, including confusion, tachycardia, and respiratory distress.
In response to the first incident, RN states he overslept and was flustered and in a hurry upon arrival at work and, therefore, did not address the vital signs or ask the patient to rate their pain level. Regarding the second incident, RN states the patient would experience shortness of breath on exertion and this was the cause for the patient’s oxygen saturation to drop into the 80’s. RN states the patient’s oxygen saturation would return to the 90’s once back in bed.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend his side, but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help him with his case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place his RN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.