An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a medical facility in Edinburg, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and nine (9) months.
On or about May 12, 2018, while working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department of the said facility, the RN failed to appropriately diagnose and treat a pediatric patient, who was positive for vomiting, fever, seizure, and abnormal laboratory results; subsequently, the patient developed an abnormal pulse rate of 172 with continuing vomiting and shaking. The RN ordered acetaminophen, documented the patient as stable, and instructed the nurse to discharge the patient home after administration of the acetaminophen. The RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to risk of harm from delay of diagnosis and treatment.
In response to the incident, the RN states the patient had been seen the previous day by a physician who prescribed an antibiotic. The RN states she did order labs, an antibiotic shot, and a prescription for antibiotics was given after consulting with the facility pharmacist on duty. The RN also states the patient had no respiratory distress and that the fever was reduced on discharge. The RN further states the parents were advised to return for worsening symptoms.
The RN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined warning to suspension of her nursing license by violating Texas Board of Nursing regulation.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
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