It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing any accusations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
This is what happened to a certain LVN in McAllen, Texas. During the time of the initial incident, the LVN was employed in a medical center in McAllen and had been in the position for two years already.
On or about March 27, 2018, the LVN failed to check with the physician or supervisor if she should hold Metoprolol, a beta-blocker which can lower blood pressure and heart rate (HR), and inappropriately administered the Metoprolol at 10:33 pm to a patient who had an HR of 56.
Early the next morning the aforementioned patient’s HR dropped to 28, Atropine and a normal saline intravenous bolus were administered, the Rapid Response Team (RRT) was called, and the patient developed heart block, and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient by depriving the provider of vital information that would be required to prevent potentially adverse complications of a drop in heart rate including loss of consciousness and possible demise.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the LVN license. The strictness of the Board also ensures that nurses will only commit to the duties they are assigned to in order to guarantee accurate and excellent performance in all hospitals throughout the state of Texas.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN the chance to defend herself.
She states that regarding the first incident, Metoprolol was one of the patient’s ordered medications, and there was no parameter given for administering it. The LVN indicates that she checked her heart rate (HR) twice with results between 56 and 58, and since it was below 60, she checked for any history of recent sudden HR drops. The LVN explains that she assessed the patient who was alert and oriented, denied any shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness or physical discomfort, so considered it safe to administer Metoprolol. She further adds that unfortunately, it was a mistake on her part.
However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when the evidence was brought up to her. Therefore, the Board placed her LVN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.