Accurate documentation has a huge impact on a patient’s improvement in health recovery. Doing accurate and clear documentation is essential in nursing care. It is also in the clinical guidelines of nursing and is one of many responsibilities of nurses. Some nurses tend to disregard the guidelines of appropriate documentation and then later, regret it. So, if the Board summoned you, hire a nurse attorney for help in facing the Board.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a rehabilitation facility in Mission, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and three (3) months.
On or about May 25, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a rehabilitation facility in Mission, Texas, LVN failed to accurately and completely document events during the shift related to ongoing hyperglycemia experienced by a patient, including all glucometer testing results. LVN also failed to notify the provider of elevated glucose readings of 436 mg/dL at 1130 hours and 487mg/dL at 1650 hours. Additionally, LVN administered five (5) units of insulin to the patient without a valid physician’s order. LVN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm from delayed medical treatment, and administration of medications without a physician’s order could have resulted in the non-efficacious treatment of the patient’s condition.
In response, LVN states the nurse practitioner was informed of the patient’s elevated glucose. LVN also states she forgot to document a verbal order to administer five (5) units of insulin. Furthermore, LVN states she did notify the charge nurse of the patient’s condition and states the charge nurse told LVN that the patient was fine, and she could go home.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(2) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN’s license to 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.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN / LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 200 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579.