Any type of accusation can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Texas 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.
At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Beaumont, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and four (4) months.
On or about May 23, 2021, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN administered Ativan 4mg by intramuscular (1M) injection to a patient without a documented physician’s order or communication with the physician. In addition, the LVN failed to provide privacy to the patient when he injected her in both buttocks while she stood in the doorway of the medication room. Subsequently, the LVN failed to document the administration of the Ativan and 1M Benadryl in the patient’s electronic medication record. Further, the LVN left his shift without reconciling the narcotic count with the incoming medication nurse. The LVN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record, and was likely to injure the patient in that administering medications without a physician’s order could result in ineffective treatment. In addition, the LVN’s conduct deprived the patient of the right to privacy.
In response to the incident, the LVN explains that the charge nurse came into the medication room and informed him that she received a telephone order to administer Ativan 4mg 1M. The LVN explains that he administered the medication in the doorway of the medication room because this is what the patient demanded after he initially offered the patient privacy. The LVN states that the patient only pulled her pants down enough for him to administer the medication. He also states that after leaving for the night he realized he did not sign out giving the medication in the eMAR, and he called the charge nurse who told him she would sign it with a notation that he administered.
Furthermore, the LVN states that he was late coming into this shift and the charge nurse had already counted narcotics. The LVN states that he was scheduled to leave early, and the narcotic count was exactly as it should be due to the Ativan 4mg order and not Ativan 2mg. The LVN states that he’s sorry for this incident but does not feel that he was in the wrong.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN’s license to 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, Nurse Attorney 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.