An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire the right nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an LVN committed was one of those examples.
On or about November 17, 2016, through January 22, 2017, while employed in a medical facility in Grapevine, Texas, the LVN failed to clarify with the physician regarding medications for patients and failed to appropriately document administration of medications. Her conduct resulted in inaccurate medical records and could have injured patients from adverse effects of possible over medication.
On or about January 22, 2017, the LVN failed to properly document the blood transfusion in the medical record of her assigned patient. Further, she inappropriately administered no insulin after obtaining blood sugar levels requiring administration or administered insulin two or more hours after the blood sugar levels had been obtained. Her conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and could have injured the patient from non-efficacious treatment.
In response to accusations filed against her, the LVN states the records reflect minor incidents that new nurses experience. She states the medication dispensing system records do not show all users, and she believes records with all users will show similar incidents.
The LVN states generally pain assessments are subjective, and as a relatively new nurse she would chart the patient’s response to the pain scale. She states the patient’s blood transfusion was documented in the vital signs and input/output sections of the medical records. The LVN further states this was her first time giving blood at this facility, and the charting system was voluminous, cumbersome, and required multiple entries in multiple places. The LVN additionally states that the patient frequently refused medications and interventions, and records reflect other nurses had similar experiences.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the LVN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse lawyer for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.