When caught dozing off or sleeping while on duty, it is expected that you will be reprimanded for your misconduct. Seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Temple, Texas, and had been in that position for approximately two (2) months.
It was on or about January 28, 2019, when the LVN was assigned to provide nursing care for a patient, the LVN was shown of lacked fitness to practice vocational nursing in that she was found asleep on the couch during her shift and subsequently confirmed she was in fact asleep. The LVN’s conduct could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient‘s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In regards to the incident, the LVN admits that she did doze off on the couch sitting next to the crib. The LVN states she has Mononucleosis and the fatigue and extreme sleepiness overtake her. She’s taking Enbrel for rheumatoid arthritis and has talked to her Rheumatologist about it with the mono, but lie has no suggestions.
However, the LVN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined and warned to suspend her RN license by violating Texas Board of Nursing regulation.
Your license can be disciplined over simple misunderstandings, small mistakes, or trivial issues. When this happens, hiring a nurse attorney is your best option. Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.