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Malpractices have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.

On or about August 22, 2015, an LVN from Fort Worth falsely documented a physician telephone order to administer Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime for seasonal allergies for a patient. The resident had no diagnosis of seasonal allergies and was administered Benadryl for five (5) days. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects of taking a medication that was not ordered by the provider.

This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.

During the hearing, the LVN states that she was hired on July 27, 2015, that she had no orientation, and was thrown into the ADON position full swing. She states that she had worked or been on call for fifteen (15) to eighteen (18) days before the incident. The LVN states that the Director of Nursing (DON) resigned the day before the incident as the facility conditions were so bad, leaving her to run the nursing department.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.

So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.