It is never easy being a nurse to many patients. It requires a lot of patience, compassion, understanding and especially the love for the job. But sometimes, nurses tend to commit numerous violations during their work. It is very important that nurses perform their duties properly and giving adequate and the best care to their patients. If violations and negligence were made, expectedly, accusations, complaints, and allegations will always be present. If you will encounter such a problem, it is best to hire a nurse attorney for defense against any cases.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and eleven (11) months.
On or about April 6, 2020, the LVN was assigned to a patient; the LVN manually removed fecal impaction from the patient’s rectum without a physician’s order. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient and could have resulted in rectal bleeding, perforation, or even anal fissure formation.
And on or about April 6, 2020, the LVN lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that he was observed sleeping on duty multiple times during his shift. The LVN’s condition could have affected his ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in a patient’s conditions, and could have affected his ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
On or about April 6, 2020, the LVN falsified documentation on his nurse’s notes for care that he documented that he completed but failed to do. The LVN’s conduct was deceptive and created an inaccurate medical record,
On or about April 6, 2020, the LVN misappropriated medications belonging to the patient when he counted out the medications and slipped pills into his pocket. The LVN’s conduct was likely to defraud the patient for the cost of the medications.
In response, the LVN states that he had been caring for the patient for almost 12 years and the removal of fecal impaction from the patient’s rectum was a necessary procedure because of how fecally impacted the patient would get. The patient has had a medical history of becoming fecally impacted due to the fact that he was immobile and the several medications he was prescribed. The patient’s physicians were aware by their medical reports of the patient’s bowel movement deficiencies that were a result of the medications and his physical immobility. All parties who cared for the patient were aware that the LVN removed fecal impaction when it became necessary and the patient was in pain. The patient’s mother, a Licensed LVN, also would ask and consent with the LVN removing fecal impaction when necessary. The patient’s mother would oftentimes manually remove the fecal impaction herself. The LVN has no authority to force a doctor to order or make orders himself for the removal of fecal impaction on a daily or monthly basis. Alternatively, the LVN could have taken no action and allowed the patient to develop peritonitis or other bacterial infections of the intestine.
As a result of the above-mentioned incident, the LVN is about to face disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Due to the evidence received by the Board against the RN, it is therefore agreed and ordered that the RN shall be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
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