Any type of accusations or negligence can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse 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.
An RN from Arlington, Texas, was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Dallas, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
It was on or about January 5, 2013, and January 6, 2013, the RN failed to complete shift assessments and nurses’ notes for four patients. The RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the four patients in that subsequent caregivers did not have accurate information on which to base their decisions for further care.
On or about January 6, 2013, the RN lacked the fitness to practice professional nursing in that she was observed having slurred and garbled speech, seemed confused and sleepy, and was unsteady on her feet. Additionally, the patient and the patient’s family requested that she not provide care again due to her “odd” behavior. The RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In response to the incidents above, the RN states, “Prior to this shift I was feeling poorly and had requested to be removed from the schedule. When told that I must either work the entire weekend or risk losing my employment I chose to work. After many years of experience since this incident, I am fully aware that the well-being of my patients requires my own health first, and would not make such a decision, again.”
After the incident and the investigation, formal charges were filed and mailed to the RN. According to the investigation made by the Texas Board of Nursing, the RN was found guilty and is subjected to disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.