Leaving your nursing assignment while on duty without notification to the present RN/LVN is a violation. This may result in a great risk of harm to patients. It is also considered negligence of duty. An RN/LVN having such a violation will be summoned by the Board and will be sanctioned. Before facing the Board, an RN/LVN should come prepared by having a nurse attorney for the defense. An example of such a violation happened to an LVN at Mesquite, Texas.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Mesquite, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.
On or about September 5, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Mesquite, Texas, and assigned to provide nursing care for a patient, LVN left her nursing assignment without properly notifying the patient’s caregiver, her supervisor, or appropriate personnel, and failed to give report before she left. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that leaving the nursing assignment could result in the assigned patient not receiving the care they needed.
In response to the above incident, LVN admits she was wrong for leaving. LVN states she was truly under the impression that the office had notified the mom (of the patient) of her leaving earlier that day. Before LVN left, she states she was communicating with the mom in her bedroom. LVN explains that she prepared the patient for the day and knocked on the mom’s door, but there was no answer. LVN states she sent a text five minutes later and no answer. LVN claims she knocked again and called her name and told her she had to leave. LVN states she’s truly sorry and is prepared to accept and deal with the consequences of her actions.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(I) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(B),(4)&(12).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her LVN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Make sure that you will not make the same mistake as the LVN mentioned above in her case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.