The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. Every nurse needs to follow several policies, rules, and regulations in order to prevent suspension or revocation of her RN license. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence which may have put their license in danger if not properly defended by a nurse attorney.
At that time of the initial incident, the LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Odessa, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) months. It was on or about April 26, 2019, when the LVN was involved in an incident wherein the LVN exceeded her scope of practice when she used a scalpel to lance an employee’s labial abscess. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from complications including pain, bleeding, infection, and/or scarring.
And on or about April 26, 2019, the LVN failed to document in the health record of the employee when she danced the patient’s labial abscess. The LVN conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on this documentation to provide further care.
In response, the LVN states she performed the procedure because the employee had increasing discomfort but felt self-conscious about letting anyone else in the clinic observe the area. In addition, the LVN states there is no documentation of the procedure because it was performed while they were off the clock.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to sentence her LVN license to disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again.
The case would have yielded a different result if the LVN was able to hire a nurse attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for a confidential consultation.