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The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty of violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a nurse attorney. 

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a medical facility in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and eight (8) months.

On or about November 29, 2017, while being employed at the medical facility, the RN failed to order appropriate diagnostic and screening tests to provide a pertinent medical diagnosis and treatment for the patient who was complaining of abdominal pain after a fall; instead, the RN ordered the patient to be discharged; another provider at the facility ordered diagnostic and screening tests which revealed the patient had sustained a pleural effusion, splenic laceration, left kidney hematoma, liver laceration, colon contusion, and abdominal hemorrhage, for which the patient was admitted. The RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to risk of harm from delay of diagnosis and treatment.

In response to the incident, the RN states the patient was not entirely forthcoming with his history of high-risk behavior in skateboarding. The RN states the patient verbalized he was tired and hungry and also states there was no abdominal distension, no abdominal pain, tenderness elicited, no guarding and bowel sounds were active. The RN further stated a urine specimen had been obtained without her knowledge but the specimen was not given to her. The RN states she did order labs, a Rocephin antibiotic shot, and a prescription for an antibiotic was given after consulting with the pharmacist. The RN states she failed to insist on an imaging study when the parent resisted or consult with the attending for support.

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. However, the RN wasn’t able to provide a good defense to her side. 

Furthermore, 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 LVN. 

Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation 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 Nurse Attorney Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579