Serious offenses are one of the cases that a nurse attorney can resolve. These professionals can guarantee their clients that any false accusations over them can be denied over the Texas Board of Nursing once you hire them for assistance. Sadly, an RN in Kerrville failed to do so.
On or about January 14, 2016, while employed as a Charge in a hospital in Kerrville, Texas, the RN failed to read the Medication Administration Record (MAR) of a patient or call the physician for clarification when the primary nurse for the patient asked her if she should administer 2,000 ml of Normal Saline (NS) specified to be run “wide open for dialysis,” and at what rate.
The RN instructed the nurse to check the MAR and the doctor’s order, and administered the NS at 100 ml/hour at first and to increase the rate as tolerated. The patient was on fluid restrictions of 1,500 ml per day, was scheduled for dialysis that evening, and the NS was intended for use only during dialysis for priming and rinsing the pump. Her conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to suffering risk of harm from harm of fluid overload, as the patient did not have functioning kidneys.
In response to the complaint filed against her, the RN states that the patient’s primary nurse came to her about 1 pm and said that the patient had an order for two (2) liters of NS to be infused wide open. She relates that the nurse asked her if she should run the NS wide open or slower.
The RN further indicates that she told her to check the MAR and the doctor’s order to make sure how the order is written, and check with the doctors for clarification of the order. She states she also told her that it sounded like a dialysis order, but if it was ordered wide open, since the patient is on fluid restrictions (1500 ml per 24 hours), please set the rate at 100 mls per hour to assess the patient’s tolerance and monitor vital signs before increasing the rate.
The RN explains that in retrospect she realized that she made an error in judgment and that she should have phoned the physician herself. She states that the patient was monitor afternoon, and he received his scheduled dialysis two (2) to three (3) hours after the start of the NS infusion, and there was no harm: His vitals remained stable and he remained asymptomatic.
Because of this, the RN was disciplined and suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.
The Board of Texas has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding RNs and LVNs who committed any forms of offenses. They are also the ones holding decisions whether the RN or LVN’s license has to be suspended, revoked, or disciplined. Therefore, the Board decided to summon the RN for a hearing to defend against the complaint filed to her – this is the part where a nurse attorney should be hired.
Serious offenses may compromise your career, which is why a Texas nurse attorney could provide you the best help against these issues. If you have any valid reasons, you may refer to a nurse attorney to provide further defense against your case.
The Texas Board of Nursing then considered the evidence given to them and sentenced the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She could have hired a nurse attorney to assist her in the case. To contact one, you may dial Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 to schedule a private consultation.