An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an LVN committed on March 5, 2015, was one of those examples.
At the time of the incident, the LVN was employed in a medical facility in Stephenville, Texas, and had been in that position for one year and eight months.
On or about March 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015, the LVN removed four (4) Clonazepam 0.5mg tablets from the medication cabinet for a patient but failed to follow the facility’s policy and procedure regarding wastage of the unused portion of the medication. Her conduct was likely to deceive the facility and placed them in violation of Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).
Subsequently, the LVN misappropriated four (4) Clonazepam 0.5mg tablets, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation, belonging to a certain patient, in that she was responsible for a medication discrepancy that left four (4) tablets unaccounted for. Additionally, she admitted she took the medication bottle home along with the patient’s paperwork. Her conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
The LVN also altered the expiration date for the patient’s medication on an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) form. Her conduct was deceptive and created an inaccurate record.
Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing summoned the LVN to defend herself. However, without valid evidence and an experienced nurse attorney to help her, the LVN lost the case.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the LVN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanor during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.