Nursing assessment skills are one of a nurse’ most valuable assets. This is the main reason why whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney.
On or about January 2, 2009, a pregnant woman with a previous history of miscarriage complained of vaginal bleeding and abdominal discomfort. The assessment performed by the LVN on duty that day fell negligently short of the required standard of care.
The patient was a prison inmate on the evening in question. On arrest and subsequent questioning, she clearly stated that she was pregnant. The woman’s medical history revealed a previous miscarriage had occurred.
While in custody, the patient complained of vaginal bleeding and abdominal discomfort. She claimed that she made the LVN aware of this at that time from her cell. She also claims to have made the nurse aware of her previous miscarriage and that her current symptoms were similar.
According to the documentation of the event, the LVN responded by taking her pulse and afterwards informing the pregnant patient that she was “menstruating.” The LVN did no further assessment nor did she grant the patient’s request for a “sanitary napkin.” She instructed her to “lay down” and then left.
The patient’s abdominal pain worsen and she was unable to remain laying down. She continued to complain to the LVN about her pain. The LVN took no further action other than to inform the patient she would be transferred to another cell for being noncompliant.
Early in the night the patient had a miscarriage in her jail cell.
The LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to explain her side. However, the LVN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her withy her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the LVN. The Board stated that by failing to take appropriate actions, the LVN allowed a potentially life-threatening condition to go untreated.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation same as that of the LVN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579