Losing your license may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire a nurse attorney for your case. There are some RNs and LVNs who missed their chances to get their license saved from revocation just because they weren’t able to hire any nurse attorney to properly defend them.
This RN from Houston, Texas happens to be one of them. The incident happened on or about July 29, 2017.
On or about the said date, the RN failed to assess and intervene for a patient when the patient exhibited signs and symptoms of respiratory distress. Additionally, the RN failed to notify the physician regarding the patient’s condition and abnormally elevated blood pressure of 188/83, which was noted after the patient complained of shortness of breath and received a breathing treatment by the Respiratory Therapist (RT).
The RN did not reassess the patient’s blood pressure during the remainder of her shift. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that significant changes in the patient’s respiratory status may have gone undetected and prevented a timely intervention.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing. In response to the allegations against her, the RN states the patient’s nebulizer treatment were originally scheduled every four (4) hours as needed but the physician had changed the frequency of the nebulizer treatments to hourly as needed along with the regularly scheduled maintenance dose due to increased frequency of complaints of shortness of breath.
According to the RN, the patient had symptoms of wheezing and oxygen saturation levels fluctuating from 93 to 95, and she requested a breathing treatment from the Respiratory Therapist. The RN states her clinical judgment, knowledge from the respiratory therapist, the patient’s consistent oxygen saturation levels above 93%, and the patient not having visible signs and symptoms of difficulty breathing, did not indicate that she needed to notify the physician.
Because of this, the RN has been subjected to discipline.
Losing your LVN or RN license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. For assistance regarding your nurse license case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.