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 the LVN from Wichita committed in December 1998 was one of those examples.
At the time of the incident, the LVN was employed as a Staff Nurse in the Geriatric Unit of a rehabilitation center in Wichita and had been in this position for approximately three months.
On or about December 6, 1998, the LVN administered eighteen units of NPH insulin and eight of regular insulin to a patient, who did not require any insulin coverage. The insulin was intended for the patient, who never received any insulin until after the error was discovered.
The LVN’s failure to use the five rights of medication administration unnecessarily exposed each of these diabetic patients to the risks of hypo or hyperglycemia.
Because of the incident, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to hear her side. However, she wasn’t able to fully defend her case due to lack of strong evidence and a nurse attorney to defend her side of the story.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good defense attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanor outside or 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 defense attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.