An RN or LVN who violates the state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) should seek proper help from a nurse attorney. Doing so could make or break their cases. As a matter of fact, the license can even be suspended or revoked if not defended properly by a skilled nurse attorney.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Beaumont, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.
On or about March 31, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Beaumont, Texas, LVN did the following:
1. failed to properly assess and/or document the assessment of a patient after the patient fell. LVN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.
2. abandoned patients and failed to give a report before leaving the facility during her shift. Furthermore, staff noticed LVN’s personal belongings were gone, the keys to her medication cart were left in the narcotic count book, and LVN did not answer her phone or return messages. LVN’s conduct exposed the patients unnecessarily to risk of harm in that leaving the nursing assignment could have resulted in patients not getting the care needed.
In response, LVN states the patient was assigned to another nurse and that she never received a report on the patient or agreed to take the patient. Furthermore, LVN states she had a high patient load of sixteen (16) and was informed that the administrator was closing a hall and that she would need to take half of those patients in addition to the sixteen (16) she already had. LVN relates she told the administrator she did not feel comfortable with the patient load, but the administrator tried to intimidate and bully her. LVN states she told the administrator again that she was uncomfortable with the patient ratio and the administrator told her that if she could not handle the patient load, then she needed to leave the facility. LVN relates she then gave a report to the administrator and left the facility. LVN states she was asked to leave and was accused of being unable to handle an appropriate patient load.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(I)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4)&(12).
However, she was not able to provide a good and experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side of the story. Because of the incident, the RN’s license to practice nursing in the state of Texas was subjected to disciplinary action by the Board of Nursing.
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