Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines if not properly defended by a nurse attorney. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a health facility in Midland, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years and five (5) months.
On or about December 18, 2019, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and assigned to provide skilled nursing for a Patient, the said LVN falsely documented she left the patient’s home at 10:00 pm in that, the LVN’s assigned work tablet indicated she left the patient’s house and was at a Wal-Mart at 8:03 pm. Furthermore, the LVN submitted electronic documentation, with the caregiver’s signature, at 8:04 pm and did not return to the patient’s house. Additionally, the LVN annotated nursing notes at 8:00 pm and 9:09 pm.
Concerning the events, the said LVN states that she left work early on December 18, 2019, to pick up a prescription for herself. The LVN relates she informed the facility about her injury and that she had to leave her to shift early. The LVN explains she provided the tablet to the patient’s mother for review and signature, and that after the mother signed it, the LVN put it in her bag without checking it, as she was in a hurry. The LVN states that once she made it to the pharmacy and was waiting for her prescription, she looked in her bag and noticed the tablet light was still on. The LVN relates she pulled the tablet out and realized the mother had not clicked the submit button, so the LVN clicked the button at that time. As a result, there was a discrepancy in the time between when the mother signed it and when it showed it was submitted. The LVN states the documented out time of 2200 was an unintentional error that was the result of her rushing to get to the pharmacy before it closed.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications for the case.
It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
If you’ve ever done any errors during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse lawyer for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.