An experienced and knowledgeable nurse attorney with skills can provide the utmost assistance over cases that you may deny of committing. However, a lack of a nurse attorney could subject you and your license to any possible sanction depending on the severity of your misconduct.
At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital facility in Conroe, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) months.
An incident happened On or about June 1, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN failed to timely remove a tourniquet and butterfly needle applied to the left arm of a patient in order to perform venipuncture to obtain an ordered laboratory specimen. When the LVN was unable to obtain enough blood for an adequate sample and discovered that her remaining laboratory tubes were expired, the LVN departed the aforementioned patient’s premises to drive to the office to obtain additional supplies without removing the tourniquet and butterfly needle. Subsequently, the tourniquet and butterfly needle remained on and in the Patient for an estimated thirty (30) minutes and the Patient sustained a large bruise on his left arm. In addition, the LVN failed to accurately and completely report and document the incident until promoted to do so by her employer. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the aforementioned patient due to restricted blood flow to his left arm. Further, the LVN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to the risk of harm from an incomplete medical record that subsequent caregivers would rely upon in order to provide further patient care.
In response to the incident, the LVN admits that she inadvertently left the tourniquet on the patient’s left arm and the butterfly needle in his vein in his left antecubital and that she discovered such upon her return to the patient’s home. Respondent states that she removed the tourniquet and butterfly needle, covered the venipuncture site with a bandaid, and applied pressure for five (5) minutes. The LVN states she checked the patient’s pulses, which were palpable and positive. The LVN states that she then attempted venipuncture to another vein nearby the original insertion site, but was unsuccessful. The LVN states she removed the tourniquet and butterfly, covered the sile with a bandaid, and applied pressure. The LVN states she left the patient’s home and notified her supervisor that she was unable to obtain the patient’s lab.
The LVN was given the chance to defend her case yet failed to hire an expert to help her. The Texas Board of Nursing then decided to subject the LVN and her license to disciplinary proceedings. The said proceedings shall ensure the safety of the patient, along with a better future for the LVN’s career. However, she should contact a nurse attorney in order to receive assistance regarding the case, especially if the LVN sincerely thinks of it as an accusation.
For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced nurse attorney. Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney which helped RNs and LVNs defend against several cases since 2006. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.