Facing any allegations of negligence may compromise your career and a Texas nurse attorney could provide you the best help. If you have any valid reasons, you may refer to a nurse attorney to provide further defense against your case. They are professionals who are experts in handling such cases.
An instance wherein a negligence complaint was charged against an LVN happened on or about May 1, 2017 through June 13, 2017. During the time of the incident, the LVN was employed in a medical facility in Chandler and had been in the position for only one month.
On or about the abovementioned dates, the LVN failed to adequately monitor a patient who presented to the clinic with chest pain and a suspected heart attack. The patient was left unattended, sitting on an exam table with a family member, who then called out for help when the patient experienced dizziness. The LVN presented impaired-like behavior while on duty, such as slow response to requests, lethargy, sedation, and no sense of ‘urgency in her work. Additionally, she was declared unfit for duty by a medical doctor.
On or about the said dates, the LVN further attempted to perform an electrocardiogram (EKG)on an incorrect patient, without proper patient verification. The physician assistant walked in the patient’s room before the EKG was completed and mentioned that an EKG was not ordered.
Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to hear her side. During the hearing, the LVN states that because of stress of losing her job, then new job, she had a lot of depression, anxiety, and neck and back pain related to surgery. She states that she was taking Restoril every night for sleep, which did not help, and only got 2-3 hours of sleep or none per night and was exhausted.
The LVN further states that she does not feel like she is an unsafe nurse. She states that she left the room for five seconds to run to the front desk to tell someone to call 911. She explains that the patient’s blood pressure bottomed out after she gave the patient a Nitro SL, SBP120’s per the physician’s assistant.
The LVN states that she stayed in the room with the two providers the entire time until EMS got the patient on a stretcher. She states that she was very stressed, overwhelmed with EMR charting, and it was very different than what she was used to. She states that she is seeing a psychotherapist, for stress, anxiety, and depression.
However, despite her explanation, the Board of Nursing still thinks that her condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger. She was also was likely to injure the patient in that significant changes in the patient’s cardiac status may have gone undetected and prevented a timely intervention. Further, her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
Because of this, the LVN was disciplined by the Texas Board of Nursing.
The Texas Board of Nursing subjected the LVN and her license into disciplinary action. The assistance of a nurse attorney could have helped the case become better for the LVN. So if you ever encounter such an issue, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.