If you have been summoned and have received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case about controlled substances or a complaint filed against you, seeking and hiring a nurse attorney is the solution for that. This should be the first thing to do for an RN or an LVN before facing the case they are in.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Mesquite, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and ten (10) months.
It was on or about September 6, 2019, when the LVN inappropriately altered physician’s orders for Oxycodone 10/325mg for a patient to reflect two (2) tablets ordered instead of one (l). Additionally, the LVN admitted that she altered the physician’s order and administered two (2) tablets of oxycodone to the patient because she “felt bad for the patient.” The LVN’s conduct was deceptive, created an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the patient in that the administration of oxycodone in excess of the physician’s order could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions. Additionally,
The LVN’s conduct placed the facility in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
And on or about September 25, 2019, the LVN documented an incomplete physician’s order for Oxycodone 10/325mg for a patient in that she failed to include the frequency at which the Oxycodone should be administered. The LVN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information to base their care decisions on.
Then on or about September 25, 2019, the LVN again failed to assess vital signs, including pain assessments, for the patient from 14:34 to discharge at 15:18. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from undetected changes in condition.
On or about September 27, 2019, the LVN falsified a physician’s order for 2 tablets of Oxycodone 10/325mg for a patient. The LVN’s conduct was deceptive, created an inaccurate medical record, and placed the facility in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
As a response regarding the numerous incidents mentioned above, the LVN only states that the patient charts were left out on the countertop of the nurse’s station, flipped upside down, for the duration of the shift. The LVN states that the patient charts were accessible by everyone and the key to the Secure Destruction Container was kept in an unlocked drawer at the nurse’s station. The LVN adds that every Monday, a licensed pharmacist would come to the facility and audit the Controlled Substances Records and MARs and there was never any discrepancy involving her.
Due to the actions done by the LVN, the Texas Board of Nursing has discipline the LVN’s license and further sanctions may apply that may affect her career and job as well. Having a nurse attorney can help you solve your case or can be your defense against complaints, allegations, and accusation cases.
If you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process, you can contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.