Any type of accusations or negligence can be defended, as long as there is a skilled and a good nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the 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.
On or about January 18, 2018, while employed as a Charge Nurse in a medical facility in Corinth, Texas, the LVN may have failed to fully assess, obtain full vital signs, or perform neurological checks on a patient who was found on the floor, unresponsive and bleeding.
The LVN’’s conduct could have injured the resident from unrecognized clinical changes and deprived the resident of timely medical interventions.
In response to the cases filed against her, the LVN states that the resident had multiple falls, so it’s not clear that the breaks, bruises, and injuries resulted only from the second fall that day. She adds that she was actively seeking appropriate interventions for this resident, but was hindered by the facility’s administration and how they viewed Do Not Resuscitate and hospice residents. The LVN indicates that she made several requests for one (1) on one (1) care of the resident who was more confused and unsteady on her feet, and notified hospice. She explains that she reported the resident’s first fall of the day to the DON. Respondent adds that then an agency CNA called her to the resident’s room where she found the resident lying on her side on the floor against the wall.
The LVN sates she asked her if she was okay, and the resident was moaning asking for help, and a cigarette. She indicates that she assessed her arms and legs for range of motion and abnormalities, took her pulse, respirations, and oxygen saturations, and noted some blood on her mouth which she documented in the incident report. The LVN relates that a CNA was in the next room, and she asked him to stay with the agency CNA and the resident while she got help.
The LVN further explains that she went to the DON, informed her the resident had fallen again, that she needed help, and was going to call 911. She adds that the DON told her not to call 911, but to get the ADON. She states that when she went back to the resident, two (2) agency CNAs were there, she noted more blood coming from her mouth, re-assessed, found her non-responsive, and left to call 911.
The LVN further relates that she saw the Nursing Assessment Coordinator, and asked her to monitor the resident, and to get vitals while she called 911. She adds that she ran into the ADON while heading to the nurses station, informed her of the resident’s second fall, and told her she was going to call 911 as the resident was unresponsive, and then called 911.
However, with the failure to hire an experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side, the RN never had the chance to defend her side of the story.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license into disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN 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, 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.