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, she was employed as an LVN with a home healthcare services provider in Carrollton, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and five (5) months.
On or about October 5, 2020, while employed as an LVN with a home healthcare services provider in Carrollton, Texas, and assigned to a pediatric patient, LVN was seen on video pulling down her pants in the patient’s room and wiping herself. LVN was not wearing gloves and proceeded to touch the patient and the patient’s medical equipment without washing her hands. LVN’s conduct exposed the patient and the patient’s family unnecessarily to risk of harm in that she created an unsafe environment.
In response to the above incident, LVN states she apologized to the patient’s mom and attempted to explain what was going on with her body. LVN states she is dealing with repercussions from gastric bypass surgery in 2008 and states she sometimes doesn’t even feel when she has loose bowels until it occurs. LVN states she had wipes in her bag and couldn’t get into the bathroom, so she tried to clean herself up and sprayed the room. LVN states she washed her hands in the kitchen.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(9),(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(O) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(4),(5)&(10)(A).
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her LVN license under disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So, if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. 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 200 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.