Your license is one of LVN’s most valuable assets. You need to protect your license as well as your right to practice as best as you can. In doing so, a Lewisville nurse attorney is the one to depend on.
If you are summoned to appear before a licensing board regarding a disciplinary incident, you will need an experienced Lewisville nurse attorney who knows how to handle nurse cases.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN and Treatment Nurse with a nursing and rehabilitation center in Lewisville, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) years and two (2) months.
On or about March 4, 2019, through March 21, 2019, while employed as an LVN and Treatment Nurse with a nursing and rehabilitation center in Lewisville, Texas, LVN did the following:
- Failed to notify the physician in a timely manner regarding the status of a Stage II ulcer in the right and left buttock, Stage III sacral pressure ulcer, and decline and change in the condition of wounds discovered upon assessment for a resident. Additionally, LVN failed to obtain a physician’s order for treatment of wound(s) when directly communicating with the physician. The resident was seen by a wound care physician on March 21, 2019, and was immediately transferred to the emergency room for treatment of an infected sacral ulcer and sepsis. LVN’s conduct resulted in a delay in treatment for the resident that was needed to prevent further complications and worsening wound condition.
- Failed to notify the patient’s guardian in a timely manner regarding pressure ulcers for a resident. The status of the resident’s wounds was discovered to have deteriorated beginning two (2) weeks prior to notification of the family and guardian. LVN’s conduct prevented the resident’s medical decision-maker from being part of the resident’s treatment plan and care decisions.
In response, LVN states when notified by the 24-hour report of a new wound to the resident, an assessment was completed and the Director of Nursing (DON) was notified. LVN states she implemented standing wound care orders as set up by the Primary Care Physician (PCP), and that she followed the facility’s policies and procedure orders for a low air mattress and supplements. LVN states she noted the wound to the left and right buttocks heal within two to three weeks without complications, but on the fourth week, she noted a decline in the sacral wound. LVN states she notified the PCP and patient’s guardian and was informed the guardian was on vacation and to inform their supervisor. LVN states she notified the DON of the change and orders. LVN states she was able to get the resident an appointment at the wound care clinic in College Station that week and informed the guardian, their supervisor, PCP, and the DON.
The above actions constitute 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)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to subject her LVN license to disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again.
The case would have yielded a different result if the LVN was able to hire a Lewisville nurse attorney. So, if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, for further details. He is an experienced nurse attorney who has represented more than 200 nurse BON license cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. He can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.