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The assistance of a nurse attorney is valuable if you’re facing a case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Your defense can be strengthened further if you’re going to face the Board, even if your case is multiple instances of failure to follow a procedure. There are times when mistakes at work could be inevitable, which is why a nurse attorney can assure full assistance over such errors.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Sugar Land, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eight (8) months.

On or about May 15, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN administered 4000u of Heparin to a patient at 0550 without obtaining the result of partial prothrombin time (PTT) drawn at 0425. In addition, the RN failed to obtain a second verifier, as ordered by the physician, prior to administering the Heparin bolus. Subsequently, the PTT drawn at 0425 was critically high at greater than (>) 200 seconds when it resulted and was released at 0554. The RN stopped the Heparin infusion at 0644. The RN’s conduct potentially could have injured the patient from complications of Heparin including excessive bleeding. The patient did not suffer from any complications of Heparin due to The RN’s conduct.

In response, the RN states she was busy with a different patient when she was paged and informed that the patient had a critical lab value. The RN reviewed the lab results in the patient’s record, but she mistook an older lab result for the recently reported critical value and initiated a Heparin drip. The RN states she later took a second look in the computer and saw the recently posted results which indicated the critically high partial prothrombin time (PTT). The RN states she notified the physician, held all Heparin treatment, monitored for bleeding/complications, and the patient was discharged three (3) days later on an oral blood thinner.

The Texas BON found the RN’s conduct violates a section of the Texas Occupations Code. Thus, her RN license was suspended, and placed on probation. 

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN sufficient time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right nurse attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the nurse’s attorney led to the suspension of the defendant’s RN license.

Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An and text or call nurse attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579.