The Texas Board of Nursing is known to be very strict when it comes to all actions of nurses, which is why a nurse attorney is needed when attending hearings before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing does not allow those who wish to exceed the scope of their practice or neglect their duty as an RN or LVN.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital facility in Frisco, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about June 6, 2017, through June 16, 2017, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN falsely signed off on peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line dressing changes and care that the LVN did not complete. Additionally, the said LVN exceeded her scope of practice when she administered intravenous antibiotics to a patient without training, through the patient’s PICC line. The LVN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and unnecessarily exposed the patient to risk of harm from lack of appropriate nursing care.
It was on or about June 16, 2017, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN incorrectly infused intravenous antibiotics belonging to a patient, into the PICC line of the Patient. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from possible adverse effects of medication intended for another patient.
Concerning the events, the LVN mentioned that she never changed or cared for Patient NC’s PICC line. It was indicated by the LVN that for some reason the patient’s PICC care was changed over to her shift, and she informed her supervisor that she does not do PICC line care, The LVN stated that she was told by her supervisor to mark it off as completed and that the supervisor would take care of it. The LVN states that she was hesitant, but did as she was instructed. According to the LVN, she informed the supervisor several times and kept getting the same response. Furthermore, the LVN states that she did check the name on the bag of antibiotics and saw the correct patient’s name, and she checked the medication and dosage but failed to perform a recheck when hanging the bag. The LVN mentioned that it was a very busy morning and she kept asking for help assessing another patient and was not getting the help she needed. The LVN also added that the wound care nurse was not there, so she was having to perform wound care also, including wound care for the Patient, which took about forty to sixty minutes.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) decided to sentence her nursing 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 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. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for a confidential consultation.