Every person who wants to become a professional LVN or RN in the state of Texas needs to go through several processes. First, there is a need to complete tertiary education in a nursing school. After graduation, the next step is to take the nursing board examination. The goal is to pass the said exam in order to become part of the professional nurses in Texas. This only shows that the process is not really easy. Hence, every nurse must take care of his RN / LVN license. One wrong move can result in the suspension or revocation of the said license. That is why it best to have a Texas nurse attorney for help.
An incident happened to an LVN in 2018. At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as a LVN at a skilled nursing facility in Fort Hood, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) years.
On or about May 23, 2018, while employed as an LVN at a skilled nursing facility in Fort Hood, Texas, LVN did the following:
- falsely documented a blood glucose reading of 241 at 2046 and the administration of Humalog 2 units to a patient at 2047. Emergency Medical Services arrived at the patient’s side at 2044 and the patient’s initial blood sugar was 45. LVN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to deceive the facility.
- failed to appropriately assess and intervene when a patient had symptoms including pale color, sweating, fast respirations and weakness. Instead, LVN waited until the family decided an ambulance should be called for emergent care. In addition, after calling an ambulance and reporting to family it would take 45 minutes, LVN continued passing medications to other patients without ever entering the patient’s room to monitor the patient’s condition. The patient experienced cardiopulmonary arrest in the ambulance at 2055. LVN’s conduct was likely to harm the patient from clinical decisions based on incomplete assessment information, delayed the onset of emergency medical care, and may have contributed to the patient’s demise.
In response, LVN states the patient’s blood sugar was 241 before she gave Metformin, there were no symptoms of low blood sugar, and she denies that the patient’s family reported any symptoms. LVN states she notified the physician after she walked in the room and noticed the patient had increased confusion and weakness. In addition, LVN states she ordered a transfer to the emergency room. and told the family that the ambulance would arrive in approximately forty-five (45) minutes. LVN states she did not stay in the patient’s room because she had to provide care for other assigned patients and complete paperwork. LVN states she exceeded the standard of care by passing medications and performing activities of daily living (ADL).
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)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(2)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A) & (6)(H).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN sufficient time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the LVN’s part to find the right RN / LVN license attorney to handle his case. The negligence of the RN / LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to impose disciplinary action on the LVN’s license.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 150 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.