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 Dallas nurse attorneys. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
A perfect example of this incident happened on or about October 30, 2015 to an LVN from Dallas. During the said date, the LVN allegedly violated the professional boundaries of the nurse/client relationship in that she listed herself as the “Responsible Party’ on the admission paperwork for a patient to the hospital.
Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it could have resulted in confusion between the needs of the nurse and those of the patient.
During the hearing, the LVN states the patient came into the facility on or about October 15, 2015. She states she was the patient’s admitting nurse and the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) at the time, she did not know the patient upon admission. She further states immediately after the patient was admitted the patient informed her she was being taken advantage of and abused. The LVN states she immediately notified her Director of Nursing and Administration, as well as the Corpus Christi Police Department and the facility social worker.
She states the patient explained they did not have any living family and several weeks after being at the facility the patient was evaluated and had begun to show signs of dementia. She states as more time passed she continued to help the patient with personal matters. The LVN states in December she was offered a position at another facility and relinquished her duties as the ADON, but stayed on to help train the new ADON, her final day being December 22, 2015.
The LVN states she continued to visit the patient, wanting to be there to support the patient, knowing there was not any family or friends visiting. She states in the beginning of February 2016 she was approached by the admissions coordinator, knowing she was the only person consistently visiting the patient, regarding the patient’s admission paperwork, and asked her to sign admission paperwork as the “Responsible Party”.
The LVN states her and the patient agreed that she would sign paperwork to be the patient’s “Responsible Party” so the facility could call her if the patient needed anything, however, the LVN states when signing the paperwork, she did not write in the date and also did not notice the pre-printed date on the paperwork of October 30, 2015, which is when the patient’s previous caregiver was removed.
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.
The LVN lost the case simply because she failed to find Dallas nurse attorneys. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find Dallas nurse attorneys 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.