There are instances where a nurse attorney can be very useful whenever an RN or an LVN faced charges, complaints, or any accusations. Patients tend to file complaints immediately whenever they experience poorly regarding patient care during treatment. But any RN or LVN can defend themselves when such a thing happens.
An LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Pearland, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) month.
On or about January 29, 2019, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and assigned to provide private duty nursing to a patient, who requires frequent supervision due to a tracheostomy and gastrostomy, the LVN lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that she was observed to be sleeping while on duty. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it adversely affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in the patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
In response, the LVN states she had overworked herself trying to make ends meet. She states she has a full-time job with multiple other part-time jobs throughout the week. The LVN states when the facility contacted her about the incident, she knew she was overworked and declined to work any more night shifts. The LVN states since the incident, she has cut back on hours and has not worked any more overnight cases. The LVN apologizes, stating it will never happen again.
However, due to lack of evidence to support her case and a nurse attorney to help her, she was disciplined and she may receive a further sanction.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding RNs and LVNs who committed any forms of offenses. They are also the ones holding decisions whether the RN or LVN’s license has to be suspended, revoked, or disciplined. Therefore, the Board decided to summon the RN for a hearing to defend against the complaint filed to her – this is the part where a nurse attorney should be hired.
Losing your LVN or RN license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. For assistance regarding your nurse license case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.