The presence of RN/LVN in the state of Texas has a lot of benefits to all the inhabitants of the country. These professionals have the capacity to assist every citizen or resident in times of need. An RN/LVN is willing to work day and night just to ensure that everyone is getting the health or medical assistance they need. This is the reason why a lot of people have high respect for them. Unfortunately, there are some professional nurses who do not take their jobs seriously. Most often than not, they commit acts that would place themselves in a compromising situation. What is even worse is that in the process of being negligent, they also start to place the lives of their patients in danger. As a result, these professionals are subjected to several complaints before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). When facing the BON, always ask help from a nurse attorney to defend you in court.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about August 19, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, LVN failed to properly clamp the saline line when initiating hemodialysis for a patient. Subsequently, the patient erroneously received an infusion of additional normal saline. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it placed the patient at risk for fluid overload.
Another incident happened on or about August 26, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, LVN initiated hemodialysis treatment on a patient and failed to ensure that the air detector was armed, and appropriate line was threaded through the sensor. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it placed the patient at risk for an air embolism.
In response, LVN states that she was not paying attention and failed to clamp the saline bag before starting treatment. LVN states that another staff member was able to accommodate the extra fluid. LVN states she learned from the experience. Furthermore, LVN admits that treatment was started without the line engaged in the air detector. LVN states that this occurred because another staff member prepared and tested the machine for her. LVN states that she now triple-checks all of her safety requirements prior to starting treatment.
The above actions constitute 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)(C),(1)(M)&(1)(O) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
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. Texas 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.