Every practicing LVN or RN nurse in the state of Texas is required to follow certain rules and regulations imposed by the government. These laws and statutes were implemented to insure that the safety of the patients is protected by the state. The nursing profession is not an easy journey. An LVN or RN nurse who commits any violation can place his nursing license in jeopardy. The Texas Board of Nursing has the authority to revoke or suspend any nurse’s license in the country for as long as there is a justifiable reason.
In the case of Chelsea, who obtained a license to practice vocational nursing in Texas, she found herself in a comprising situation. The LVN nurse was employed in a rehabilitation care center in Texas. Chelsea failed to initiate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after finding a patient unresponsive with no reparations or pulse, and a yellow cast to his skin tone. Instead, the LVN nurse simply went to check the patient’s code status.
The aforementioned resident was found to be full code, and another nursing staff initiated CPR. In addition, the LVN nurse returned to assist in CPR, performed compressions, but she failed to use the automated External Defibrillator (AED). The Emergency Medical Services arrived and placed the resident on a cardiac monitor, continued resuscitation efforts, and transported the resident to the hospital, but further resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The patient was pronounced dead in the hospital.
Because of the conduct of Chelsea, a patient died. It is clear that she failed to comply with her duty to protect the interest of the patient at all times. During the hearing of the administrative case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), the RN nurse failed to present the necessary documents and evidence that would prove that she has nothing to do about the demise of the patient. Unfortunately, she failed to convince the members of the Board. As such, the BON ordered for the revocation of her license.
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