Leaving your nursing assignment while on duty without notification to the present RN/LVN is a violation. This may result in a great risk of harm to patients. It is also considered negligence of duty. An RN/LVN having such a violation will be summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing and will be sanctioned. Before facing the Board, an RN/LVN should come prepared by having a nurse attorney for the defense.
At the time of the incidents, he was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Temple, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about October 7, 2020, and October 12, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Temple, Texas, and assigned to a patient, LVN did the following:
- LVN failed to administer Fentanyl 85mcg as ordered by a physician, in that he altered the Fentanyl patches by cutting off a portion, and as a result the patient did not receive the full dose. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medication as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
- LVN left the patient without proper supervision when he left the patient’s home to retrieve items from her vehicle. LVN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to risk of harm and could have resulted in the patient not getting the care needed.
In response, LVN states that he stepped out to his car for approximately one minute to get a copy of his nursing notes, and this was an isolated incident. LVN also states that he properly administered the Fentanyl as ordered by the physician.
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)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E)&(4).
The evidence against the LVN was strong. At the same time, he was not able to properly defend his case in court. As a result, his nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.