The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. An LVN in Texas needs to follow several rules and regulations in order to prevent future problems that may put your nursing license at risk. There are several cases filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence which may have put their license in danger if not properly defended by a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Bryan, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
An incident happened on or about February 4, 2019, through April 15, 2019, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN failed to perform weekly wound measurements for the right leg wound(s) of a patient. Instead, the LVN documented those measurements were not due. The LVN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from subsequent care decisions made without the benefit of accurate and reliable information.
Then on or about February 20, 2019, the LVN failed to notify the physician of a change in the condition of the patient including pain for two (2) days, increased thick, bloody drainage, and odor to the right leg wound. Instead, the LVN instructed the patient to report the pain to the physician at a wound care appointment scheduled for the following day. Subsequently, on February 22, 2019, the patient was hospitalized for a wound infection. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from delayed treatment.
In response to the incidents above, the LVN states she does not believe that she would go without doing wound measurements for this long of a time period. And that the LVN states that the rehabilitation doctor would only sign initial orders at hospital discharge, and the patient was supposed to follow up with a different doctor for any further orders or change in condition. The patient had not found a doctor to oversee the wound care but the LVN states she helped the patient get an appointment with a wound care center scheduled for 2/21/19. On the afternoon of 2/20/1 9, the LVN states she did not have a doctor to call about the patient’s wound status, in addition, the patient was afebrile and did not want to go to the emergency room.
The LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to explain her side. However, the LVN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the LVN. The Board stated that by failing to take appropriate actions, the LVN allowed a potentially life-threatening condition to go untreated.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation same as that of the LVN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579