An LVN’s responsibility of providing comprehensive and accurate care to patients is of paramount importance, with meticulous attention to detail required in documenting and addressing their medical conditions. However, there are instances when an LVN’s actions may inadvertently overlook crucial aspects of a patient’s diagnosis, potentially impacting the quality of care provided. When facing such complex situations and potential legal implications, LVNs can greatly benefit from the expertise and support of a nurse attorney to ensure a fair resolution while safeguarding the LVN’s professional standing and reputation.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN with a home health services provider in Harlingen, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
On or about January 29, 2020, through March 27, 2020, while employed as an LVN with a home health services provider in Harlingen, Texas, LVN failed to address a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) on the initial plan of care, at the resumption of care, and/or the recertification plan of care for the patient. The omission of CHF in the patient’s plan of care puts the patient at risk for ineffective treatment and complications of CHF including fluid overload, electrolyte abnormalities and/or respiratory complications.
In response to the above incident, LVN states the patient only had a single episode of congestive heart failure (CHF) and she does not remember the patient having any symptoms of CHF.
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)(U) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(F)&(4).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the LVN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license under disciplinary action.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.