Being a nurse comes with a lot of responsibilities but just one mistake could turn your career upside down. A lot of RNs can’t avoid circumstances of unexpected events but they can avoid further consequences or punishments to happen with the help of a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Victoria, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and four (4) months.
It was on or about April 28, 2017, April 29, 2017, and April 30, 2017, that the LVN withdrew seven (7) tablets of Norco 10/325mg, three (3) tablets of Norco 5/325mg, six (6) tablets of Norco 7.5/325mg, four(4) tablets of Acetaminophen with Codeine 300/30mg, one (1) tablet of Lorazepam 0.5mg, one (1) tablet of alprazolam 0.25mg, and one (1) vial of Dilaudid 2mg/ml, from the medication dispensing system for patients, but failed to document, and/or completely and accurately document, the administration of the medications in the patients’ Medication Administration Records and/or nurses’ notes. Respondent’s conduct was likely to injure the patients, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his documentation to further medicate the patients, which could result in an overdose. Additionally, Respondent’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In response, the LVN admits he failed to document in the nurses’ notes after withdrawing some of the medications listed. The RN states he did manually go back and type in the medications with their original times.
Therefore, as a result of the LVN’s misconduct in the above incident, it caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the LVN and her license into disciplinary action. She should have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanors outside or 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.