Any type of accusations or negligence 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 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 Lubbock wherein several accusations are filed against about her negligence at work.
On or about November 1, 2015, the LVN did not take appropriate precaution as she initiated a personal hold on an eight year old patient.
When summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing, the LVN states she was acting expressly to promote the safety of the patient and that of the rest of the facility’s patients. She states she followed the hospital’s policy and procedures for preventing and defusing behaviors that have the potential to escalate to the level of posing and imminent risk to the patient or others.
The LVN further states the patient at issue had displayed violent and aggressive behavior, which is well-documented over the preceding 24 hours, including behavior that necessitated a personal hold from a different staff member approximately an hour earlier. She states that at the time she administered the personal hold, the patient had locked himself alone in the nurse’s station, where she had access to the medication room, as well as sharp and dangerous instruments that were forbidden from the floor.
The LVN states she employed a personal hold on the patient, using the Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA) technique mandated by the facility for dealing with violent and aggressive behavior. She states the patient calmed down and was removed from the nurse’s station. The action was signed off and approved by the physician on duty.
The LVN states she was never reprimanded by the Facility, nor was she informed that the action she took was inappropriate. She states there is no evidence that suggests the patient suffered any injuries as a result of the hold.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license into disciplinary action because according to the board, her conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered or disrupted this patient’s treatment.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN 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.