The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the administrative agency that is responsible to hear and decide cases involving an RN or LVN in the state of Texas. This agency exists in order to ensure that the professional nurses are equipped with the right set of skills to perform their duties. At the same time, it is also necessary so that the nurses will comply with the laws promulgated by the government as well as the administrative rules issued by the Board. For this reason, every nurse is expected to perform well in his or her daily practice. Otherwise, she can be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Board of Nursing. In case that there is a violation, a complaint may be filed against the nurse involved and you need the right nurse attorney to defend your case. Otherwise, your license could be placed in danger. This is exactly what happened in the case of a particular LVN who is employed in the state of Texas.
On or about November 5, 2015, while employed in a healthcare services center in Houston, the LVN failed to assess and appropriately intervene for a student patient, who was on aspiration precautions, in that she was observed force feeding the student as he was exhibiting signs of gagging and vomiting. Additionally, the LVN was observed continuing to feed the student while he was gagging and vomiting.
The LVN defend herself by stating that the patient was recovering from an upper respiratory infection and was spitting up often. She states that aspiration precautions were maintained at all times, and the patient was sitting up straight in his chair and spit up the milk he had drank because he was crying. The LVN further explains that after the patient spit up, she let him calm down and then attempted to feed him without success. She adds that the family had never submitted problems to Maxim during times she cared for the patient.
The Texas Board of Nursing finds that LVN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily risk of aspirating and continued choking. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) decided to suspend the nursing license of the professional nurse. She was not allowed to practice the nursing profession in Texas for months.
This is something that you need to consider. Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your response letter or the disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends