In Texas, the government has created a special agency that has the jurisdiction to handle controversies and cases involving the nursing profession. This tribunal is called the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Every RN or LVN subjected to a disciplinary proceeding or administrative case before the Board is given an opportunity to be heard and defend himself from all accusations. This every nurse with a pending case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is to encourage hiring a nurse attorney.
Unfortunately, there are some RN and LVN who fail to find the right nurse attorney to handle their cases. As a result, most of them would be adjudged liable for the complaints. This usually leads to the revocation of a professional nursing license. This is what happened to an RN in El Paso, Texas and had been in that position for only six months at the time of the incident.
On or about February 9, 2018, a woman had been admitted to a medical facility in Texas and was being treated for a septic infection. She had a catheter in her neck and the RN was sent to remove it in preparation for discharging the patient.
The RN removed the catheter while the patient was sitting in a wheelchair. The patient then began to complain of trouble breathing. An air embolism caused a stroke that left her paralyzed on the left side.
The proper procedure for removing such a catheter is for the patient to be lying down and to slowly remove the catheter.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to give her a fair chance to defend her case. She was given the chance to defend herself at the Board.
The RN stated that she did seek guidance from a supervisor as she was unsure of the procedure. According to the RN, she was told to remove the catheter slowly. The supervisor denied that the RN had requested instructions on the procedure.
However, the Texas Board of Nursing states that the RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to the risk of harm including additional injuries due to the bed alarm not functioning properly.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty for the complaint against her and her RN license was suspended. She lost the case simply because the RN failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation