The nursing profession in the state of Texas is imbued with public interest. This is the reason why many laws and statutes were enacted to regulate the acts and duties of every person obtaining a professional nursing license. In fact, the government has created an administrative body that has the power and authority to deal with all cases arising from or relating to practicing RN or LVN nurse. This agency is called the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

A lot of individuals are charged before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) for violation of certain laws, rules and regulations. The Board can order the suspension or revocation of a nursing license depending on several factors. In the case of a LVN nurse named Ranizza, she was removed from the list of professional nurses in Texas after the Board found her guilty of the charged against her.

While Ranizza was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN nurse) in a health care facility in Forth Worth, she failed to clarify the order of the physician for a particular patient. The doctor instructed that the patient involved must wear a bi-level positive airway pressure mask (BiPAP). It must be noted that this patient was observed to have constant episodes of vomiting. Subsequently, the patient vomited into his BiPAP and experienced a decline in oxygen saturation reading to 78%.

When this happened, the LVN nurse then failed to administer oxygen to the patient, and called for non-emergent transport instead of activating emergency medical servise (EMS). The conduct of the LVN nurse resulted in the delay for the emergency treatment of the patient that was needed to prevent further complication in his health. Because of this, the relatives of the patient filed an administrative case against the LVN nurse. It was stated in the complaint that the nurse was inefficient in providing immediate care and assistance to the patient.

In response to the complaint, the LVN nurse stated that when she arrived at the facility, she immediately went to the room of the patient to get a report. While she was there, another nurse informed her that the patient had “expelled about a gallon of emesis” and that the vomiting protocol was in place. Ranizza stated that the patient was already in bed wearing his BiPAP wen she arrived. Because of this, she is not the one responsible for the delay in the emergency treatment.

The LVN nurse waived the representation by a legal counsel. As such, there was no proper defense lawyer who helped her in dealing with the case. In fact, the LVN nurse even submitted a notarized statement voluntarily surrendering her right to practice professional nursing in the state of Texas. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) accepts the voluntary surrender of the license. Therefore, the LVN nurse could no longer validly practice nursing in Texas.

Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your response letter or the disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.