Holding an RN license in Texas comes with certain obligations and other responsibilities. If you want to continue practicing in the nursing profession, one of the important things that you need to do is to comply with the rules and regulations set by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Every RN in this state is subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Nursing. Whenever there are administrative complaints against RN, the Board will have the authority to hear and decide the merits of the cases. Every nurse also needs a nurse attorney for better defense in their case.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a pediatric health service provider in Victoria, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.
On or about February 6, 2020, while employed as an RN with a pediatric health service provider in Victoria, Texas, RN flushed the Vascath hemodialysis catheter of a patient without a physician’s order and without supervision or experience with Vascath catheters. In addition, RN accessed the catheter without using sterile technique, without withdrawing the high-dose heparin in the line, and inappropriately used low-dose heparin to relock the ports. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from the care provided without the benefit and knowledge of appropriately trained personnel, was likely to expose the patient to the risk of infection and could have resulted in the patient suffering adverse effects of high dose heparin, including bleeding.
In response to the above incident, RN states she was not aware that the hemodialysis central line was not an internal jugular central line to access for medications. RN states she was not trained on recognizing hemodialysis catheters and believes training would have prevented the incident.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(H),(1)(M)&(1)(O) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
A case was ultimately filed against her before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The said allegation was fatal to the RN’s capability to perform the essential functions and duties. Sad to say, the nursing defense attorney who handled her case was not able to properly defend her interests and rights before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the offense alleged in the complaint and decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 200 nurse cases for the past 16 years. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.