An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an LVN committed in December 2002 was one of those examples.
On or about December 21, 2002, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a medical facility in Katy, the LVN withdrew Demerol 25mg, Demerol 50mg and Demerol 75mg from the medication dispensing system (Pyxis) for several patients without valid physicians’ orders.
Subsequently, the LVN withdrew the medications but failed to document, or accurately document the administration of the medications in the patients’ medical records. Her conduct was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further medicate the patients which could result in an overdose. The LVN’s conduct was also likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications,
Because of this, a complaint was filed against the LVN.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding errors committed by an RN or LVN. Thus, she was called by the Board to defend against the case.
However, without a nurse attorney to help her defend her side, the LVN lost the case
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the LVN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors 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 lawyer for various licensing cases for 16 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.