Any type of accusations can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action or revocation.
Accusations regarding negligence, misconduct or medical errors are a must to be observed properly not only by the Board but by a nurse attorney. An example of this happened to an LVN in Schertz.
On or about July 22, 2018, while employed as LVN and Charge Nurse in a hospital at Schertz, the LVN failed to timely recognize that the patient has missed medication. Subsequently, the patient’s blood pressure increased to 240/118. Her conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to the risk of harm from complications related to untreated elevated blood pressure.
During the hearing, the LVN states that at 4:30 pm, she was informed that the medication aide was having issues giving the patient her medications. She states that she went with the medication aide and showed the medication administration record to the patient to indicate that the patient was receiving her correct scheduled medications. She states that she received a message at 5:30 pm that a family member for the aforementioned patient had called.
She also states that at 6:30 pm she spoke with the daughter of the patient who stated that her mother had not received her blood pressure pill at 4:30 pm. She states that she reviewed the medication orders and informed the daughter was adamant that there was no blood pressure pill due at 3:00 pm, which the daughter then requested to be administered.
The LVN further states that she reviewed the orders further and noted that the patient had a blood pressure pill at 3:00 pm, which the daughter then requested to be administered. She states she told the daughter that she could not administer a blood pressure pill at family request, but that she would recheck the patient’s blood pressure and contact the doctor for orders.
She further states that as soon as she got off the phone at 7 pm, she checked the blood pressure of the patient which as elevated, so she contacted the physician and obtained a one-time order for hydralazine. The LVN further states that she wrote the order and administered the medication to the patient.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN’s license into disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.