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A nurse attorney should be hired at all times whenever you undergo a case whether a civil or a criminal case, that may affect your RN license. This is what an RN from Odessa, Texas should have done when facing a criminal case and is affecting her license and work. Take note that the Texas Board of Nursing can settle matters with a nurse attorney if one is present with the respondent during a case.

An RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Odessa, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) years.

It was on or about March 9, 2019, the RN exceeded her scope of practice when the RN performed a sonogram on a patient. Additionally, there was not a physician’s order for the sonogram. The RN’s conduct could have exposed the patient to a risk of harm in that completing a sonogram without a physician’s order and interpreting it without training could have resulted in a misdiagnosis of the patient’s condition.

In response to the incident, the RN states that that she found upon examination and after a prolonged deceleration the patient to have a questionable exam. The RN states that she then had the bedside sonogram brought into the patient’s room. The RN states that she did perform a quick sonogram and determined the head of the fetus to be in the fundus and not head down. The RN states that the patient was laboring, and she needed to let the physician know quickly. The RN states that she let the physician on call know of her findings of the exam and her sonogram, and that the sonogram was at the bedside for the doctor. The RN adds that the doctor stated “that’s okay, I trust you.” The RN states that she should have insisted the physician or the hospitalist perform another sonogram. The RN states that she also should have also made sure the physician placed an order for the sonogram.

The Texas Board of Nursing has jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the license and career of an RN or LVN. Therefore, based on the findings of the Board, the RN received disciplinary action to ensure further safety and accurate documentation as she works in the future. She should hire a nurse attorney for instances such as this.

For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832) 428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.