A skilled and knowledgeable nurse attorney can provide utmost assistance over cases such as misappropriation of medication 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 incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital facility in San Antonio, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about August 4, 2020, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the said LVN failed to conduct a focused assessment on the Patient and intervene after she received a message from the patient indicating a change in condition after starting a new medication of metoprolol tartrate 25mg. More specifically, the patient sent a message on August 3, 2020, indicating that he was experiencing dizziness causing him to fall, shortness of breath, pain below his throat, low blood pressure, and pulse rates between 45 to 63. Subsequently, the LVN failed to document and verbally notify the physician who did not discover the emergent message until August 5, 2020. The patient died that morning before receiving the physician’s response. The failure of the LVN exposed the patient to a risk of harm from untreated fluctuations in blood pressure and heart rate, including possible demise.
Concerning the events, according to the LVN, she was never told the message was sent on the 3rd, and that she never read that message, but if she did she would have triaged that patient and not forwarded it to the doctor, she would have never sent a message like that without calling the patient or going directly to the doctor and giving her the patient and an explanation of what was going on. The LVN further states that she did this many times, especially with this specific doctor’s patient as she is known for being backed up. The LVN added that she has been a nurse for 39 years and knows that if something is important go a face to face with the doctor.
However, due to the lack of a nurse attorney to help her properly defend her side, the LVN was put into discipline by the Texas Board of Nursing.
she should contact a nurse attorney in order to receive assistance regarding the case, especially if the LVN sincerely thinks of it as an accusation.
For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced and the right nurse attorney for your case. 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.