The assistance of a nurse attorney is valuable if you’re facing a case before the Texas Board of Nursing. Your defense can be strengthened further if you’re going to face the Board, even if your case is multiple instances of failure to follow a procedure. There are times where mistakes at work could be inevitable, which is why a nurse attorney can assure full assistance over such errors. Disciplinary actions could have been thought about by the Texas Board of Nursing if this particular RN from Brownsville, Texas hired a nurse attorney over her case.
The Texas Occupations Code is a set of statutes that were enacted to regulate the practice of every LVN or RN nurse in the country. This is where the functions of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) play a very important role. The fate of the LVN or RN nurse lies in the hands of the members of the Board. All decisions and resolutions are made after thorough deliberation and meeting. At the same time, the LVN or RN nurse subjected to the case is also given a right to defend his side in the tribunal.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an LVN at a rehabilitation facility in Tyler, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years and eleven (11) months.
On or about October 13, 2019, while employed as an LVN at a rehabilitation facility in Tyler, Texas, LVN failed to correctly perform a sternal rub on a patient to check for responsiveness, when the patient was found experiencing a change in condition including gasping for air. Instead, LVN used one and/or two hands to push up and down on the patient’s chest and/or abdomen area. LVN’s conduct exposed the patient to a risk of harm from clinical decisions based on inaccurate assessment information obtained through improper techniques.
In response to the above incident, LVN states that he heard the emergency call on a patient who was not assigned to him. LVN states that the patient was unresponsive, and in the demand of the moment, everyone was trying to do something to revive the patient. LVN states that he put his hands on the patient’s chest doing a sternal rub and trying to arouse the patient as he was trying to figure out exactly what was going on with the patient. LVN states that at this time, the patient had a pulse oximeter on one of his fingers, showing pulse and oxygen saturation, and he noted the patient breathing with the faint rise and fall of the chest. LVN states that he did not do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by way of continuous compressions on the patient’s chest and/or abdomen, because the patient had a pulse. LVN adds that the sternal rub he did, it was done carefully, and he did not mean any harm to the patient.
The above action constitutes 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)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and his license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nursing Law Attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nursing Law Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced Texas Nurse Attorneys, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 200 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.