When facing any charges it is best to seek help from a nurse attorney. A nurse attorney is someone who represents RNs and LVNs in court. They are also the ones who react and make decisions quickly on demanding conditions. L191021N0998
However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
This is what happened to a certain LVN in Houston, Texas in 2018. During the time of the initial incident, she was employed in a healthcare facility in Houston and had been in the position for seventeen years.
On or about October 12, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a rehabilitation center in Houston, the LVN left a patient who is identified as a “high risk” for falls, unattended in the restroom. Subsequently, the patient fell while in the restroom alone and sustained a left parietal subarachnoid hemorrhage.
This conduct by the LVN’s conduct may have contributed to the patient’s injury sustained from the additional fall and unnecessary exposed the patient to an increased risk of falls.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN the chance to defend herself. In response to the incident, the LVN states after assisting the patient to the commode, she left the patient at that time to go and answer other call lights on the unit. She states the patient’s bathroom call light alarmed and while she was making her way back to her room, the patient had apparently tried to transfer herself from the commode back to the wheelchair unassisted and fell.
The LVN states the patient was found on the floor in the bathroom by her wheelchair. She states she immediately called the RN to come in to assess the patient. She states the patient was not in any apparent distress and no notable injuries but stated that she did hit her head.
The LVN further states the LVN continued to assess the patient at that time and then the patient was safely transferred back to her bed. She states she does realize that she should have used better judgment during this particular situation.
However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when the evidence was brought up to her. Therefore, the Board placed her LVN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you are summoned to appear before a licensing board regarding a disciplinary incident, you will need an experienced nurse attorney who knows how to handle nurse cases.
Attorney Yong J. An is a Texas nurse license defense lawyer that has a proven track record. He has over 12 years of experience handling Texas BON disciplinary action cases and has helped protect the license of numerous nurses in Texas. For a confidential consultation, call or text him at (832) 428-5679.