The role of a nurse is very essential in inpatient care. A patient’s recovery with long-term health outcomes is implicated by the quality of care that nurses give to their patients. Although they give such quality care, a lot of factors hinder nurses in giving such care. Sometimes nurses make mistakes in providing patient care and can be counted as a violation of the Nursing Practice Act or to any related rules and regulations of nursing. If you are an LLVN and such a situation happens, always remember that a Texas BON attorney can help.
At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Frisco, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.
On or about February 28, 2019, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN may have failed to appropriately assess a Stage III pressure ulcer on the left buttock of the patient, who was bedbound and incontinent of bowel and bladder. The RN’s conduct could have exposed the patient to the risk of injury from worsening pressure ulcers, including infection.
And on or about May 24, 2019, the LVN may have failed to completely and accurately document four (4) pressure ulcers of Patient N.M. The LVN’s conduct could have created an inaccurate medical record.
In response to the incident, the LVN states she asked the provider about the sacral wound and was informed it was healed. The LVN also states she viewed the wound site and did not see any open areas, and the provider did not mention any other wounds. The LVN further states she would have described the condition of the wound if she had been told about it. And the LVN also states that the nurses were not to assess wounds, they were only to ask about the patient status to ensure the provider had the resources they needed, but she assessed the wounds anyway, but admits she did not document thoroughly. The LVN states the patient was being followed by a wound care clinic and the new ulcers arose after the patient was hospitalized. The LVN states she contacted her supervisors asking that home health services be substituted instead of the Community Based Services the patient was receiving because she believed the patient would benefit more from home health nursing care. The LVN states according to the records the patient was receiving home health care until approximately April 18, 2019.
As a result, her LVN license was disciplined by the Texas Board of Nursing. The LVN failed to hire a Texas BON attorney to fully defend her case that led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Texas BON Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.