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Nursing assessment skills are one of the nurse’ most valuable assets. This is the main reason why whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney.

On or about March 11, 2008, while employed as an RN in a medical facility in Dallas, the RN failed to accurately document a comprehensive nursing assessment in the patient’s medical record. She allegedly documented a full assessment at 0800; however, by her own admission, the patient was asleep at that time.

Additionally, the RN failed to accurately document her follow up assessments. Her conduct may have been misleading and resulted in an inaccurate medical record.

The Texas Board of Nursing is the one who has full jurisdiction on cases involving RNs and LVNs. Therefore, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to explain her side.

In response to the incident, the RN states:

“I tried to wake (the patient) up so as to proceed with the normal assessment. I called her name a few times and introduced myself. It was very doubtful if she heard me well. She was still sleeping very deeply. I had to carefully reposition her to do a general assessment.

After the first round, about thirty minutes later, I went back to the Patient’s room to see if she was awake. She was still fast asleep. This time I shook her gently to wake her up. I asked if she was OK. I also asked if there was any pain in any part of her body and she said “No.”. This was to confirm the assessment I had earlier made, now that the Patient was awake.”

However, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the RN.

Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse 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 nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579