It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
At the time of the initial incident, the LVN was employed as a Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) years and eight (8) months.
On or about March 4, 2021, through March 11, 2021, while employed as a Vocational Nurse, the LVN failed to apply Santyl to the left buttock of a patient. In addition, the LVN failed to timely notify the physician when Santyl was unavailable. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from ineffective wound treatment and deprived the physician of the opportunity to provide alternative wound care orders.
On or about March 4, 2021, through March 11, 2021, while employed as a Vocational Nurse, the LVN failed to measure the wounds of the patient. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from clinical decisions based on incomplete assessment data.
On or about March 11, 2021, the LVN inaccurately documented that she applied Santyl to the left buttock of the patient but also documented that the family never picked up the Santyl. The LVN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that the subsequent caregivers would rely on the LVN’s documentation to provide further care.
Then again on or about March 4, 2021, through March 11, 2021, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN failed to assess the surgical staples on the right hip of the patient who had a surgical dressing on the right hip since February 11, 2021. In addition, the LVN failed to notify the physician when the patient missed a follow-up appointment to have staples assessed and/or removed. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from undetected complications of surgical wounds including infection and deprived the physician of the opportunity to provide medical intervention.
In response, the LVN states the patient had a wound on the sacrum area that was not draining. The patient was in pain and refused to be turned after incontinent care. A piece of foam was placed on the sacrum, as no Santyl was in the home. The LVN stated a message was left with the patient-physician regarding the Santyl. And then the LVN states on March 11th, the patient refused to turn or allow for wound care or measurements. She also states she did a review of pressure sores and the importance of relieving pressure every two hours. And additionally stated that the patient had a non-removable dressing on her left hip. On March 4th the dressing was dry and intact and an assessment was made around the dressing with no concerns noted. When returning on March 11th, again no concerns were noted. The LVN lastly stated the dressing was dry and intact.
However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself. Therefore, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license to disciplinary action instead.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney in San Antonio as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.