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Ensuring patient advocacy and the provision of timely and appropriate medical care is a fundamental responsibility in nursing practice, particularly in emergency situations where patients may require immediate intervention. Nurses are entrusted with the critical role of advocating for their patients’ best interests and coordinating with healthcare providers to ensure patients receive the necessary evaluation, assessment, and treatment. However, there are unfortunate circumstances when deviations from these crucial standards occur, potentially compromising patient health and raising concerns about the nurse’s professionalism and adherence to established protocols. In cases where nurses face allegations or legal concerns related to patient advocacy, delayed care, and inadequate documentation, a nurse attorney can offer vital support and guidance. They play a pivotal role in conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the situation, which may involve a thorough review of patient records, communication logs, and witness statements, in addition to understanding the specific circumstances surrounding the nurse’s actions.

At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Mesquite, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and six (6) months.

On or about November 17, 2022, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Mesquite, Texas, RN failed to advocate for a patient and ensure physician evaluation and assessment. Specifically, the patient arrived at the free-standing emergency room with significant facial trauma that included facial deformity and active bleeding. RN applied a wet to dry dressing without obtaining an order and called emergency medical services (EMS) for the patient to be transferred to a higher level of care without emergency room physician evaluation. Additionally, RN failed to accurately document in the patient’s medical record the times he provided care to the patient. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from delayed physician treatment.

The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13) Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(P)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).

However, without enough evidence to prove he’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed his RN license under disciplinary action. 

Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license 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 RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.