An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an LVN committed on March 13, 2015, was one of those examples.

At the time of the incident, the LVN was employed as a Staff in a medical facility in Dallas, Texas, and had been in that position for one year.

On or about March 13, 2015, the LVN failed to properly assess a patient who was screaming and crying and unable to stand or bear weight on her foot. She completed an abdominal assessment and gave her medication for pain, but did not address the client’s inability to stand or walk.

Additionally, the LVN failed to re-assess the client after she continued to exhibit signs of distress and the inability to walk or stand. Subsequently, the client went 24 hours without medical treatment for a metatarsal foot fracture. Her conduct delayed the onset of medical care and interventions needed to prevent further complications.

On or about April 7, 2015, while employed in the same medical facility, the LVN refused to assess a patient who complained of a sore throat on two (2) separate occasions in that she told the client to return at a later time because he was checking in medications on the first occurrence, and she was busy on the second occurrence.

Subsequently, the Program Manager returned with the client to address her refusal to assess said client and requested for her to either request for help from her Supervisor or see the client. Her conduct was likely to injure the patients in that failure to assess patients could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.

Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing summoned the LVN to defend herself. In response to the incident, the LVN states she met her nursing responsibilities to these residents and met the nursing standard of care under those circumstances.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the LVN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanor during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.