The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN and LVN in Texas. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the state of Texas. Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines if not properly defended by a Fort Worth Texas attorney. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
On or about August 4, 2017, while employed as Staff RN in Fort Worth and while caring for pregnant patient, the RN infused intravenous (IV) fluids rapidly using a pressure bag, without an order, without collaborating with the physician, and without monitoring the pressure bag. Subsequently, the patient complained of shortness of breath and chest pain, and air was noted in the patient’s IV line. The patient was transferred to a higher level of care for evaluation of a possible air embolism.The RN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of serious injury from air embolism.
In response to the incident, the RN states that the hospital had no ability to triage the patient in the labor and delivery area. She determined that, in light of the patient being 35 4/7 weeks pregnant, having contractions, a positive drug screen for marijuana, concentrated urine, dehydration, decreased fetal movement, a G3POSAB1 obstetric history at age 18, she utilized a manual pressure bag to ensure rapid administration of the 2 liters of lactated ringers that were ordered as a “stat” bolus in conformity with normal labor and delivery practice to stabilize the mother quickly as possible. The first liter of fluids infused without the pressure bag; the RN applied the pressure bag to the second liter to keep the flow consistent. When the patient complained of distress, the bag had infused and there was IV fluid tinged with blood in the IV tubing and hub.
The patient’s diagnosis after transfer was hiatal hernia, GERD with esophagitis, and anxiety disorder with no evidence of air embolus. Further, the RN states that application of a pressure bag is a nursing intervention and that no physician order is necessary for a nurse to utilize her nursing judgment in order to implement the nursing intervention.
Because of the incident, the Texas Board of Nursing investigated the nurse and the Texas Board of Nursing summoned her to defend her side of the story.
However, without valid evidence and expert Fort Worth Texas attorney to defend her, the RN was disciplined.
This is just one of the many cases why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Any form of gross negligence, disobedience or any form of offense on the part of a RN or LVN is never excused.
Any case can be defended, as long as there is a skilled Fort Worth Texas attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action or revocation.
The RN lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient Fort Worth Texas attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.