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Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence at work, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who are found to be negligent while on duty. 

At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Longview, Texas, and had been in that position for approximately three (3) months.

On or about August 14, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse and working in the Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab), in response to the physician’s question regarding whether the medication was infusing, the RN answered in the affirmative; however, the medication did not reach the patient, and the RN failed to assess that the medication was in fact connected to the patient’s intravenous catheter. Subsequently, the patient experienced cardiac arrest. The RN’s conduct may have contributed to the deterioration of this patient.

In response, the RN reports that although she was present during the preparation for a procedure involving this patient, that included preparing the anticoagulant to be connected to the patient’s primary IV line, she was not the primary nurse assigned to this patient nor was she required to be present for the procedure as part of the necessary staffing for the procedure for this patient. The RN reports she was observing the primary nurse for training purposes and offered to assist. The RN reports when she had trouble preparing the anticoagulant, she informed the primary nurse, who then came to the RN’s side and told her she would complete the task. The RN reports that the medication was not yet connected to the patient. The RN reports she was then called to help with other pre-procedure preparations; however, she was the closest person to the IV pump at the time of the physician’s instruction for the anticoagulant to be initiated, and she walked over to the pump and pressed the start button, believing that the primary nurse had connected the patient’s primary IV line. The RN reports that the primary nurse chose not to use the IV pump library for the administration of the medication and that the primary nurse generally would have set the pump on “stand by” mode until the dose as needed. The RN reports that both she and the primary nurse answered the physician in the affirmative in response to being asked once by him if the anticoagulant was infusing. The RN reports a short time later she informed the primary nurse she needed to leave to take care of one of her own patients.

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. However, the RN wasn’t able to provide a good defense to her side. Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the RN. 

Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. 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 attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579