In Texas, the government has created a special agency that has the jurisdiction to handle controversies and cases involving the nursing profession. This tribunal is called the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Every RN or LVN subjected to a disciplinary proceeding or administrative case before the Board is given an opportunity to be heard and defend himself from all accusations. Thus, every nurse with a pending case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is encouraged to hire a good nurse attorney.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a correctional facility in Pasadena, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.
On or about April 20, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a correctional facility in Pasadena, Texas, LVN inappropriately allowed the patient to draw her own lab cultures. LVN’s conduct exposed the inmate to a risk of harm from improper venipuncture technique and exposed the other inmates and staff to a risk of harm in that the inmate could have threatened, or been perceived to threaten, others with the needle.
In response, LVN states that while she was attempting to draw blood for the patient, the patient said she was formerly a phlebotomist and then grabbed the needle to attempt the blood draw on herself. LVN states that she instructed the patient to put the needle back but did not further attempt to stop the patient for fear of causing harm to the inmate or of the inmate becoming hostile.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The evidence against the LVN was strong. At the same time, she was not able to properly defend her case in court. As a result, her nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.