Are Texas nurses required to initiate CPR?

Many adults in Texas have likely learned the basics of CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, at some point in their lives. While not everyone may remember exactly what to do, the basics are likely ingrained in many locals' memories. Most Texans will probably never have to use CPR, but those who work in healthcare have different legal responsibilities than do laypersons, especially when it comes to initiating lifesaving measures.

In Texas, registered nurses are required to initiate CPR for patients who require resuscitation. In the absence of a do-not-resuscitate order, a nurse must initiate CPR for a patient who needs it. Typically, it is outside the scope of a nurse's practice to determine that a patient does not require CPR. The Texas State Board of Nursing has important rules for nurses regarding the immediate initiation of CPR as part of their duties towards patients.

Unfortunately, nursing errors brought about by nursing negligence, overworked nurses or hospital negligence can have a dramatic effect on patients' well-being. If CPR is not initiated right away when it is needed, or if it is performed incorrectly, a patient's life could be on the line. The reality of a healthcare worker's job is that life-threatening mistakes are a daily threat; workers, nurses and physicians must be constantly vigilant in order to avoid these damaging errors. In the case of nurses, this includes knowing how to perform one of the most basic yet vital lifesaving maneuvers.

Interestingly, the Texas State Board of Nursing does not require nurses have a current CPR card in order to work. However, specific employers may have different requirements. In any event, a Houston nursing negligence attorney can help patients who are concerned that a loved one's life could have been saved in a healthcare setting.

Source: The Texas State Board of Nursing, "Initiation of CPR - A nurse's duty to initiate," accessed Oct. 19, 2015

Categories: Nursing Negligence