Following a facility’s policy and procedures is very important as well as doing proper documentation. If not done properly and accurately, it can put a patient in harm. Therefore, every LVN should practice keeping accurate and complete medical records for documentation purposes. Inaccurate documentation can lead and can cause negative outcomes. If you are in such a situation, it is best to consult a nurse attorney to know what proper measures to take in facing cases.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years.
On or about February 27, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, LVN failed to obtain a completed Endoscopy consent form for a patient. Subsequently, a time-out was performed before consent documentation was completed. LVN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and could have delayed the patient receiving treatment.
On or about April 18, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, LVN failed to document and/or conduct a pre-procedural time-out on another patient before his/her Endoscopy procedure. LVN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and could have injured the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response to the above incidents, LVN states that she acknowledges some shortcomings in her nursing practice as related to the above allegations. LVN emphasizes that the above incidents occurred over the span of over one year and that they were relatively isolated in occurrence. LVN’s February 2020 performance evaluation reflected that LVN’s nursing care met expectations overall and specifically notes that she consistently provided excellent patient care. LVN has been a nurse for nearly 40 years but believes that she can continually improve her nursing practice and will take this opportunity to do that.
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)(D),(1)(M),(1)(O)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the LVN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license under disciplinary action.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
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