Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a skilled nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
On or about May 2005 through August 2005, an LVN from Dallas failed to appropriately document what she believed were verbal orders received from a doctor in the medical records of a patient. Although the LVN did not have physician-delegated prescriptive authority from the physician, she documented orders for medications and treatments in the medical record and signed the orders in the area designated as “Signature of Physician.”
The LVN did not document that the orders were verbal orders, and although the physician countersigned the majority of the * orders, the orders that he did not countersign, including at least one order for a controlled substance, would have been filled by the pharmacy and would have required that she maintain delegated prescriptive authority from the physician, as well as current registrations in that practice setting with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Texas Department of Public Safety for controlled substances.
Her conduct resulted in inaccurate medical records and violated Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act).
The Texas Board of Nursing is the one who has full jurisdiction on cases involving RNs and LVNs. Therefore, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to explain her side. She states that she believed care of the male patient with a sexually transmitted disease was well within her authorized scope of practice, and that the facility’s medical director indicated to her that he considered HIV to be a sexually transmitted disease. She concludes that her infringement upon Board rules, if any, was completely unintentional, and that upon receiving the Board’s second notice of alleged violations, she restricted her practice to female patients only, and eventually was transferred within the other two hospitals, where she only provides care to adult female patients.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.