Accurate documentation has a huge impact on a patient’s improvement in health recovery. Doing accurate and clear documentation is essential in nursing care. It is also in the clinical guidelines of nursing and is one of many responsibilities of nurses. Some nurses tend to disregard the guidelines of appropriate documentation and then, later, regret it. So, if the Board summoned you, hire a nurse attorney for help in facing the Board.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN working as a Home Health Nurse with a pediatric care facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about April 17, 2020, and on or about April 20, 2020, while employed as an RN working as a Home Health Nurse with a pediatric care facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, and providing care for a nine-year-old tracheostomy dependent patient, RN failed to document that he notified the physician of heart rate persistently outside normal parameters. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from lack of medical treatment for vital signs out of normal range.
In response, RN reports on April 20, 2020, that he provided tracheal suction numerous times to keep the patient’s airway open, and the patient’s parameters would fluctuate within normal range to including outside of normal range. RN reports he called his supervisor who instructed him to call the patient’s doctor. RN reports he called the doctor’s office and left a message. RN also reports that he gave a report to the patient’s night nurse and asked him to also please relay the message to the patient’s regular day nurse on Monday at shift change.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D)&(3)(A).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found him guilty of his deeds. His RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. He did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend his case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
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