Every person who wants to become a professional LVN or RN in the state of Texas needs to go through several processes. First, there is a need to complete tertiary education in a nursing school. After graduation, the next step is to take the nursing board examination. The goal is to pass the said exam in order to become part of the professional nurses in Texas. This only shows that the process is not really easy. Hence, every nurse must take care of his RN / LVN license. One wrong move can result in the suspension or revocation of the said license. The administrative body or agency that has the authority to hear cases regarding the nursing profession is the Texas Board of Nursing. But don’t worry, a nurse attorney is always ready to help nurses in need of assistance and defense against cases.
An incident happened to an LVN in 2019. At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN in a skilled nursing facility in The Woodlands, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) years.
On or about March 27, 2019, while employed as an LVN in a skilled nursing facility in The Woodlands, Texas, LVN did the following:
- failed to appropriately intervene when the family of a patient voiced concerns about the patient’s poor intake and decline in functioning. Instead of contacting the physician as the family requested, LVN instructed the family to contact the Director of Nursing the next morning to address those concerns. LVN’s conduct deprived the physician of the opportunity to institute timely medical interventions to stabilize the patient.
In response, LVN denies telling the family to call the Director of Nursing the next morning. LVN states the provider was not notified because there was not a significant change in baseline behavior.
- failed to reassess the blood pressure of a patient after she had an abnormal blood pressure reading of 111/97 at 1600. LVN’s conduct was likely to harm the patient from clinical decisions based on incomplete assessment information.
In response, LVN states the patient’s blood pressure was within normal range, there was no change in the patient’s level of consciousness, and the patient was asymptomatic.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(2)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A) & (6)(H).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN sufficient time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the LVN’s part to find the right RN / LVN license attorney to handle his case. The negligence of the RN / LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to impose disciplinary action on the LVN’s license.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN / LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 150 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.