An experienced Fort Worth 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 October 2018, was one of those examples.
On or about October 30, 2018, through October 31, 2018, the LVN inappropriately administered Morphine totaling 60mg (3ml) in 3 (Iml) doses to a patient during her shift for shortness of breath when the patient was having long periods without breathing. Further, the LVN failed to document administration or wastage of an additional 100mg (5ml) of Morphine which had disappeared during her shift.
During the two (2) hours and twenty-five (25) minutes after her shift ended, the oncoming nurse administered no additional medications and the patient was pronounced deceased. The Chief Medical Examiner determined the patient died as a result of congestive heart failure, but also noted the erroneous Morphine administration contributed to the patient’s death.
During the hearing, the LVN states that at the beginning of her shift she questioned the amount of Morphine remaining within the medication bottle because the measurement didn’t appear to be accurate and the medication bottle was something unfamiliar to her. She states that she was informed by the off-going nurse that there were no measuring tools available, so she did her best to administer the medication based on what she felt was an accurate dose.
The LVN states that due to not having the proper supplies, she had to use her best judgment to measure the Morphine in order to manage the patient’s pain.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding errors committed by an RN or LVN.
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 criminal cases for 16 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.