An RN or LVN license in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever an LVN or RN finds herself in such a situation, he will need to find the best RN / LVN license attorney in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her RN / LVN license. Otherwise, the BON may find her guilty in the administrative case and order for the revocation of her RN / LVN license.
The disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nurse (BON) is an administrative proceeding wherein LVN / RN are charged for the commission of an offense or violation of certain state laws.
An LVN was one of the thousands of nurses charged before the BON. The complaint alleged that while employed as an LVN, she failed to provide nursing care of a patient.
On or about May 1 6, 2016, while employed in a healthcare center in Katy, Texas, the LVN failed to appropriately intervene when a resident was found in respiratory distress, with an increased respiratory rate and oxygen saturation of 80%. Instead, the LVN left the resident unattended while she was in distress. Upon return to the resident’s room, the LVN failed to stay with the resident and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when the resident was found without a pulse or respirations.
Subsequently, the resident expired. The LVN’s conduct resulted in a delay in emergency treatment for the patient that was needed to prevent further complications.
The LVN states that upon initial assessment, the resident was not in any distress. She also states that shortly afterward, the medication aide reported that she had difficulty giving the resident medication by mouth, so she went to assess the resident. The LVN states that the patient was not in acute distress but then started coughing, gurgling, and crying so she obtained vital signs and called the RN.
She states that the RN came in, looked at the resident, and walked out, so she called and sent a text message to the on-call physician. The LVN states that at that time, the pulse oxygenation was in the 80s with increased respirations, so she increased the patient’s oxygen and called the unit manager. The LVN states she then sent another call and text to the physician for an order to send the resident to the emergency room. She further explains that she then left the room to get a suction machine from the supply room, and when she came back, the resident was not breathing. She told she asked a co-worker for assistance and the co-worker RN initiated CPR while the LVN called a code and 911. She further adds that the resident was pronounced deceased at 11:29 am.
The Texas Board of Nursing eventually found the LVN guilty and her LVN license was disciplined.
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