A skilled and knowledgeable nurse attorney can provide utmost assistance over cases that you may deny committing. However, a lack of a nurse attorney could subject you and your license to any possible sanction depending on the severity of your misconduct.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital facility in Pearland, Texas, and had been in that position for less than one month.
On or about May 14, 2018, through May 15, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the said LVN inappropriately instructed the certified nursing assistant (CNA) to apply a Lidocaine patch to the Patient without obtaining a physician’s order. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that administration of medication without a physician’s order could result in adverse effects and/or ineffective treatment. Furthermore, the conduct of the LVN exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm in that the CNA would not be able to monitor or respond to the patient for adverse reactions, or document responses.
It was on or about May 14, 2018, through May 15, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN failed to assess the vital signs of the Patient but instead copied the vital signs from a prior shift and the LVN also failed to perform respiratory assessments before and after the LVN performed a breathing treatment of Patient. The LVN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient from clinical care decisions based on incomplete assessment information and created an inaccurate medical record.
On or about May 15, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN falsely documented into her own progress note in the medical record of Patient PT by copying an entry made on the same Patient by a different nurse on May 13, 2018. On or about May 14, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN inaccurately documented the administration of Levothyroxine in the Medication Administration Record (MAR) of the Patient when the patient actually refused to take the medication. The LVN’s actions created and inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient from clinical care decisions based on incomplete assessment information and created an inaccurate medical record.
In relation to the incident that occurred, the LVN stated that she intended to fax the physician requesting an order, but due to multiple distractions and being a new employee with many patients requiring treatments, the LVN did not request the order, and that she documented the best she was able but was still having difficulties with the facility’s software due to lack of training. In addition, it was stated by the LVN that she told the Director of Nursing (DON) that if she documented that she gave the medication, then she gave it.
Therefore, as a result, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to subject the RN and her license to disciplinary actions. The said discipline shall ensure the safety of the patient, along with a better future for the RN’s career. However, she should have contacted a nurse attorney in order to receive assistance regarding the case, especially if the RN sincerely thinks of it as an accusation.
For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced nurse attorney. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney which helped RNs and LVNs defend against several cases since 2006. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.