The role of a nurse is very essential in inpatient care. A patient’s recovery with long-term health outcomes is implicated by the quality of care that nurses give to their patients. Although they give such quality care, a lot of factors hinder nurses in giving such care. Sometimes nurses make mistakes in providing patient care and can be counted as a violation of the Nursing Practice Act or to any related rules and regulations of nursing. If you are an LVN and such a situation happens, always remember that a nurse attorney can help.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Lewisville, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) month.
On or about October 12, 2019, while employed as an LVN at a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Lewisville, Texas, LVN failed to direct the nursing assistant to stay with a patient during his bowel regimen. While unsupervised, the patient slid until his head was between the mattress and side rail of the bed. In addition, LVN failed to document the assessment of the patient, after he was found with his head between the mattress and side rail of the bed, which led to the patient being transferred to a local emergency room, where the patient was diagnosed with and treated for a head injury. LVN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and may have contributed to the patient sustaining a head injury.
On or about October 25, 2019, while employed as an LVN at a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Lewisville, Texas, LVN failed to document an assessment of the above-mentioned patient regarding the onset of obvious bloody urine and his subsequent transfer to the emergency room. LVN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from care decisions made by subsequent caregivers based on incomplete, inadequate information.
In response, LVN states she administered a rectal suppository and delegated the task of periodically checking on the patient to the nursing assistant. LVN states the patient had no visual injuries, stable vital signs, and neck pain of 3-4 after she was notified of a fall. According to LVN, she notified the physician, who ordered neurological checks, but the patient’s family demanded that the patient goes to the hospital.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nursing Law Attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nursing Law Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced Texas Nursing Law attorneys, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 200 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.