In nursing, it is important that a nurse knows how to see and how to immediately respond to needy situations. Any delayed intervention may result in worst and can be stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke, may suspend, or only discipline their license. Take note that a nurse attorney can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations, which may include minor errors at work.
An LVN who was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Georgetown, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and four (4) months had failed to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when she noted patient without a pulse. Instead, the LVN called the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) to report that the patient had expired, and was then instructed to start CPR and call 911. Additionally, the LVN failed to adequately assess and/or document the assessment of the patient, when she found the patient unresponsive. Subsequently, resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and the patient was pronounced deceased by emergency medical services (EMS). The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from lack of appropriate nursing and medical care, including possible demise.
As a response to the above incident, the LVN states that she checked the patient’s pulse and he did not have one. The LVN states that other staff came, and they noted the patient was unresponsive. The LVN also states that she went to the nurse’s station to check the patient’s chart and to see if the patient was a full code, and she didn’t see it in the patient’s chart. Then she took a call from the patient’s wife, and she informed the wife that she needed to get back to the patient as he was unresponsive. The LVN states that she called her ADON and informed her of what was going. The LVN then reports that the ADON asked if she had started CPR. She informed the ADON that she was trying to find out if the patient was a full code. Lastly, the LVN states that the CPR was then started and the code was called.
Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing subjected the LVN for disciplinary action. For the further scope of the disciplinary action, the LVN’s nurse license may be put at risk and may be facing suspension or revocation.
This is why the assistance or the help of a nurse attorney can make the case become better for the LVN. So if you ever encounter such an issue, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.