The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN or LVN nurses. The Board has the power to reprimand the nurses for any violation of the administrative rules and regulations that every nurse is bound to follow. Aside from this, it also has the power to order the suspension or cancellation and revocation of a nursing license. When facing accusations or complaints involving fraud, a nurse attorney is crucial to defend your license.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Midland, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) months.
On or about January 30, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Midland, Texas, LVN was accused of the following:
- LVN falsely documented her lunch out and lunch in times on her punch form and submitted it to management for a signature. LVN’s conduct was likely to defraud and deceive the facility of money paid to the LVN for time not actually worked. Additionally, LVN’s conduct was unprofessional.
- LVN crushed medication to administer to a patient but left the medication on top of the medication cart unsecured and went to lunch. LVN’s conduct created an unsafe environment and was likely to result in loss of the medications.
In response, LVN states that she forgot to clock out due to a disagreement with a staff member. Upon return she tried to get the disagreeable party to sign her punch card. The signature was denied, so LVN slid the punch form across the desk to the weekend supervisor and asked her to hand the punch card off to LVN’s supervisor. LVN states that she understands that she appeared unprofessional in these moments of interactions with the staff member. Furthermore, LVN states that she recognizes she needs to be more careful when taking a break and handing off her medication cart to the responsibility of another nurse. LVN states she made an error by leaving unsecured medication on her cart and should have insisted upon a written form to document the chain of custody of her medication cart.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10),(12)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(J)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4),(6)(A),(6)(C),(6)(D),(6)(F),(6)(G) & (6)(H).
Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side but the LVN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place her LVN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.