The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN and LVN in Texas. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the state of Texas. Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines if not properly defended by a Dallas nurse attorney. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
A perfect example of this incident happened to an LVN who was then employed in a medical center in Dallas.
On or about March 12, 2019, through March 22, 2019, the LVN failed to notify and failed to accurately document the notification of Registered Nurse Supervisor and the provider when a patient had significant changes in wounds, including bloody drainage, white/gray, non-viable wound tissue, and the presence of black eschar. Subsequently, the patient required hospitalization due to deterioration in wounds. Her conduct deprived the physician of vital information which would be required to institute timely medical interventions, thereby placing the patient at risk for complications.
Subsequently, the LVN failed to provide wound care to the patient as ordered by the provider in the Plan of Care. Instead, the LVN added Tegaderm to the hydrocolloid dressing without a provider’s order and without the direction of a Registered Nurse. Her failure to implement wound care as ordered by the physician exposed the patient unnecessarily to risk for harm from non efficacious treatment
On the same day, the LVN failed to reassess the wound on the right heel of the patient. Instead, she only assessed and intervened for the patient’s sacral wound. Facility policy states that problems identified in initial and subsequent visits are to be re-evaluated during each home visit. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from clinical care decisions based on incomplete assessment information.
Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing summoned the LVN to hear her side of the story. During the hearing, the LVN states she notified the Registered Nurse through email because she thought this was the best wound status. On March 15, 2019, after the Nurse Practitioner made a visit to the patient, the LVN left voicemail for the Nurse Practitioner to call her and she also called Carter/Irving office and left a message. The LVN states she did not receive a call back from either.
In addition, the LVN states on March 21, 2019, she notified the hospital that the patient needed a wound care specialist due to wound necrosis.
However, due to lack of evidence and an expert Dallas nurse attorney to defend her, the LVN was suspended and disciplined.
This is just one of the many cases why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence, disobedience or any form of offense on the part of a RN or LVN is never excused.
Any type of accusations can be defended, as long as there is a skilled Dallas nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action or revocation.
The LVN lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.