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Notwithstanding the new norm created by this pandemic, it is not a hidden secret that the nursing community is also facing some long-understood truths, that is nurses are underpaid, undervalued, and sometimes treated as expendable. But this doesn’t remove the nurse’s will to help treat their patients the best they can. However, because of the exhaustion, this pandemic is giving to the nursing community, some nurses may accidentally fail to do their work nicely. Because of this, they may face a disciplinary hearing by the Texas Board of Nursing. But worry no more, a Waco nurse attorney can help any nurses handle and deal with any cases.

One of the examples where a client failed to hire the right nurse attorney will be discussed in this case.

On or about January 13, 2020, through January 19, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital in Waco, the RN improperly delegated the removal of a patient’s urinary catheter, the patient’s wound care after the removal of post-operative staples, and flushing the patient’s peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) to a nurse’s aide. In addition, the RN inaccurately documented that she discontinued the patient’s urinary catheter, performed the patient’s wound care, and flushed the patient’s peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) when these tasks were actually performed by a nurse’s aide.

The RN’s conduct exposed the patient to risk for harm in that this skill is beyond the training of a nurse’s aide. Her conduct also created inaccurate medical records.

This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.

During the hearing, the RN states that she was always present and in a supervisory and education role for all events. In addition, she states she fully explained each procedure and obtained the consent of patients for the aide to perform the skills. However, the RN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined warning to a suspension of her RN license by violating Texas Board of Nursing regulation.

Your RN license can be disciplined over simple misunderstandings, small mistakes or trivial issues. When this happens, hiring a Waco nurse attorney is your best option. Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.