The Texas Board of Nursing is known to be very strict when it comes to all actions of nurses, which is why a nurse attorney is needed when attending hearings before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing does not allow those who wish to exceed the scope of their practice as licensed nurses. A certain LVN in Austin could’ve done this but failed to hire a good nurse attorney. At the time of the incident, she was employed in a healthcare university in Austin and had been working in the school for almost five years.
On or about April 19, 2015 through April 21, 2015, the LVN entered verbal and telephonic orders for Dilaudid and Fentanyl for patients, without valid physicians’ orders. Her conduct was likely to deceive the facility and is a violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The LVN’s conduct was also likely to injure the patients in that subsequent care givers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patient.
In addition, administering medications not ordered by a physician could result in the patients suffering from adverse reaction.
The Texas Board of Nursing took action to the case, summoning the LVN to defend against the accusation. The LVN denies the allegations against her and said everything was just an allegation.
Unfortunately, the LVN failed to hire a good nurse attorney to help her defend her case.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the LVN license. The strictness of the Board also ensures that nurses will only commit to the duties they are assigned to in order to guarantee accurate and excellent performance in all hospitals throughout the state of Texas.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to sentence her LVN license to disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again. It may be okay to get close to a patient or student. But make sure that it’s within the scope of your own practices, as it can cause problems and may cause further harm and issue to anyone.
The case would have yielded a different result if the LVN was able to hire a nurse attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for confidential consultation.