It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing accusations related to inappropriate assessment and intervention. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that a nurse attorney is always reliable for matters such as these.
At the time of the incident, the LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a medical facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
It was on or about March 14, 2019, the LVN failed to appropriately assess and intervene, including notifying the provider when the patient was brought to the medical unit to be assessed for erratic behavior. Instead, the LVN falsely documented vital signs as stable and informed the patient that mental health staffs were not yet on site. Correctional officers then returned the patient to his cell. Additionally, the LVN failed to give a comprehensive report on the aforementioned patient to the on-coming nurse. Subsequently, a few minutes later, another nurse reassessed the aforementioned patient and noted erratic behavior with tremors, diaphoresis, and an elevated heart rate of 129 beats per minute; the patient was then returned to the clinic area is medically unstable. The LVN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient from lack of appropriate nursing and medical treatment.
In response to the incident above, the LVN states that the patient was brought to the unit for a psychological evaluation. However, the psychology staffs were not yet on duty. The LVN also states patient’s pulse was sixty-four (64) beats per minute and the patient was appropriate and polite with no signs of physical injury noted. The LVN further states that report was given to the other nurses and also states she told them the patient’s vital signs were entered into the computer, the psychology evaluation sheet was on the desk, and the patient would need to return when psychology staff arrived.
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when the drug screening results were brought up to her. Therefore, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.