The poor performance of RN license nurse is always a huge issue within a hospital because it may compromise the health condition of a patient. An RN license nurse based in Fort Worth was disciplined by the Board of Nursing due to such performance. Poor performance is intolerable in a hospital, but can be resolved by providing disciplinary proceedings to the RN rather than license suspension.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the LVN or RN license. This is exactly why the help of an experienced attorney is crucial to prevent license suspension, especially if the RN or LVN is still willing to improve their performance.
On or about May 21, 2011, while working at Fort Worth, the RN’s practice fell below the minimum standards of the hospital due to non-therapeutic prescribing practices, affecting one patient. She also failed to conduct an assessment to justify her practice, while failing to search for other treatment options.
The same incident occurred on or about September 21, 2011 through April 24, 2012 at Fort Worth. The RN also fell below the minimum standards of the hospital due to non-therapeutic prescribing practices which affected eight (8) patients. She also failed to conduct an assessment for justifying her practices as well and wasn’t able to search for other treatment options for the patients.
Both incidents were completely the same and were likely to cause the delay in treatment, along with the potential for the patients to suffer from injuries. The LVN also failed to document collaboration in the patients’ medical records with a physician. The following incidents caused the LVN to fall below the applicable standard for proper care.
The RN license nurse was given a chance to defend the case before the Board of Nursing. Regarding the first incident, she stated that she was only working at the hospital for three to five days as part of a locum tenens placement. She also added that she never had the opportunity to meet the physician at the hospital to discuss the patients and review their charts.
Regarding the second incident, she stated that she worked at the second hospital for forty days as part of a locum tenens placement. She called the doctor’s office “being a family practice” where ninety percent of patients she treated were seen for typical family practice issues other than pain.
She added that the ten percent were pain patients, and she was only performing follow-up visits only since the doctor already assessed them. The doctor was readily available at all times and the RN spoke to her over the phone at least once a day.
The following case served as an evidence for the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN license under disciplinary proceedings.
Always ensure that your case will be resolved with minimum sentences, particularly if you think your performance is adequate to meet the standards of the hospital. To do so, it is best to contact an experienced attorney for nurse license cases. For more details and private consultation, you may contact Attorney Yong J. An in his Law Office at (832)-428-5679.