Being an RN in Texas is not an easy thing to do. There are so many things that you need to take into consideration if you want to continue using your nursing license. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) can suspend your RN license whenever you are found liable of any violation. As a matter of fact, the Board can even order for the revocation of your license with finality. To avoid this from happening, it is crucial to look for a nurse attorney to help you properly defend your license.
Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
A perfect example of this incident happened to an RN in Conroe, Texas. On or about October 14, 2016, while employed in a correctional center in Conroe, Texas, the RN failed to implement a Standing Delegated Order for Chest Pain when an inmate complained of chest pain and exhibited unstable symptoms, including an abnormal Electrocardiogram. ·
On or about October 14, 2016, the RN failed to timely assess and intervene when advised by security, on two occasions, that an inmate needed medical care. Instead, the RN waited until 03: 28 pm to go to tell and spent approximately one minute with the inmate. The inmate was not brought to the clinic for further assessment, although he stated he did not feel good.
On or about October 14, 2016, the RN failed to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), bag valve mask, or chest compressions during transport of an inmate from his cell to the clinic. The Inmate was later transferred by EMS and he subsequently expired at a local Emergency Room (ER).
On or about October 14, 2016, the RN failed to document all of the changes in the condition of an inmate in that some documentation was not done until 06:40 pm, which was after the Inmate had been transported to the emergency room.
The RN’s conduct not only resulted in an incomplete and unreliable medical record, but she deprived the patient of timely medical intervention for cardiac dysfunction.
The RN was given the chance to defend her case. She states that on or about October 14, 2015, the RN Supervisor made the decision, over her objections, to send nursing staff to a different unit leaving her unit understaffed. The RN and one additional nurse staff member responded to over two! hundred (200) calls that evening. She further states that when the inmate first arrived at the infirmary he reported that he had not been eating, drinking, or taking his medications for four days and that his cellmate had the flu. The RN reported all of the inmate’s symptoms, including abnormal EKG, to the on-call provider and asked if the inmate should be sent to the ER. The on-call provider said no and ordered the inmate to returned to his cell.
When the RN visited the inmate’s cell at 03:28 pm, she offered to take him to the medical unit but he refused to go. The RN notified the on-call provider two additional times regarding the inmate’s symptoms and again asked if he should be sent to the ER. The on-call provider said no and referred the inmate for a mental health evaluation in the morning.
When the RN arrived at the inmate’s cell at approximately 04:30 pm, security officers already were doing chest compressions. She applied the AED leads but the machine twice advised not to deliver the shock. The RN instructed the security officers to continue chest compressions during transport of the inmate to the medical unit but they refused.
Due to the series of event happened, the Texas BON found the RN guilty and her license was disciplined and suspended.
She lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney.
Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.