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Timely and precise patient assessments, adherence to physician orders, and the accurate administration of medications are critical components of nursing practice, pivotal in safeguarding patient well-being and outcomes. Nurses bear the responsibility of monitoring and responding to patient needs as outlined by medical orders. Unfortunately, there are moments when deviations from these essential standards occur, potentially compromising patient health and raising concerns about the nurse’s competence and adherence to established protocols. When nurses face allegations or legal concerns stemming from deviations in patient care and medication administration, the support and expertise of a nurse attorney can be invaluable. Nurse attorneys can advocate for the nurse’s rights throughout the investigation and any ensuing legal proceedings, ensuring the nurse is treated fairly and effectively represented.

At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Longview, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.

On or about November 23, 2021, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Longview, Texas, RN failed to reassess the heart rate and blood pressure of a patient as per physician orders prior to the patient’s 4:00 p.m. scheduled dose of Hydralazine. RN also failed to administer the scheduled 4:00 p.m. dose of Hydralazine to the patient. RN further failed to assess the blood glucose level after the patient was found unresponsive. The patient was resuscitated by EMS before being transported to the hospital; however, the patient expired. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from potentially adverse complications of undetected and untreated fluctuations in blood pressure and may have contributed to the patient’s demise.

In response to the above incident, RN states the patient was noted to not be in any distress. RN also states the patient was found unresponsive approximately one (1) hour after a family member departed. RN states CPR was immediately initiated, and EMS called.

The above actions constitute 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)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(2) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).

Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found him guilty of his deeds. His RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. He did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend his case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Make sure that you will not make the same mistake as the RN mentioned above in his case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). 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. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.