The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN/LVN in Texas found guilty of violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case. The complaint can be filed before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). When it comes to disciplinary proceedings before an administrative body in the state of Texas, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is to hire the best nurse attorney. This attorney can help any RN/LVN defend herself and try to prevent the revocation of the license of RN/LVN in Texas.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a home health care services provider in The Woodlands, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) years and three (3) months.
On or about April 3, 2018, while employed as an RN with a home health care services provider in The Woodlands, Texas, RN failed to intervene appropriately for a patient when direct care staff reported to RN that the patient had a change of condition, with shortness of breath, wheezing, and profuse sweating. RN instructed the staff member to take the patient to the emergency room, instead of calling 911. When the patient arrived at the emergency room by private vehicle approximately twenty (20) minutes later, CPR was started but was unsuccessful, and the patient expired. RN’s conduct resulted in a delay in emergency treatment for the patient that was needed to prevent further complications and may have contributed to the patient’s subsequent demise.
In response, RN states that she used her nursing judgment to have staff take the patient to the emergency room via the company van as opposed to calling 911 because she felt the resident assistant would have taken the time to call and report to 911 and then wait for emergency medical services (EMS) to arrive. RN states she knew that staff would have taken the patient to the emergency room faster than EMS. RN states that the only symptom on the protocol for calling 911 was sweating which was listed under heart attack. RN notes that sweating was not uncommon for this patient. RN states that she was never informed that the patient was having shortness of breath.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A)&(1)(B).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.