False documentation is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, an LVN from Wichita Falls failed to do this. This results in disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Always keep in mind that the Texas Board of Nursing handles all of the cases that may affect the license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with a right nurse attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the nurse’s favor, especially if the RN or LVN has a good defense against the case.
On or about May 7, 2013, May 13, 2013, June 25, 2013, and August 27, 2013, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Wichita Falls, Texas, the LVN falsely documented vital signs, including blood pressure and pain level scores, in the electronic medical record of several patients for the purpose of processing prescription refills when in fact the patients had not been seen at the clinic. Her conduct was likely to injure patients in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to provide ongoing medical care.
The Texas Board of Nursing then advised her to attend a hearing regarding her issue. During the hearing, the LVN states the Director of the clinic instructed staff nurses to “check the boxes” so the VA Office in Oklahoma City would be happy. She states she and the other staff nurses voiced that they were not comfortable doing this. The LVN further states she felt like pressured to do this, and had no one to turn to. She states she worked for a healthcare system for over thirty (30) years and feels as though she was thrown to the wolves.
Therefore, the Board decided to extend her disciplinary proceedings for several more years to ensure that she will perform even better in the future.
If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.