In Texas, the government has created a special agency that has the jurisdiction to handle controversies and cases involving the nursing profession. This tribunal is called the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Every RN or LVN subjected to a disciplinary proceeding or administrative case before the Board is given an opportunity to be heard and defend himself from all accusations. Thus, every nurse with a pending case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is encouraged to hire a good nurse license attorney.

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Waco, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and five (5) months.

On or about September 19, 2019, while employed as an LVN at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Waco, Texas, LVN failed to supervise and intervene when she witnessed another nurse, whom she was professionally responsible for, state incorrect conversions from milliliters to milligrams while preparing Morphine for a resident. The following day LVN informed the Director of Nursing of the incident after it was recognized that six (6) milliliters of Morphine was missing from the resident’s medication bottle. Subsequently, the resident had a change in condition and expired three (3) days after the medication error. LVN’s conduct may have contributed to the patient suffering the adverse effects of a medication overdose.

In response to the above incident, LVN states that she saw another nurse give the patient liquid medication by mouth with a medication cup. LVN states that the following day she informed her supervisor when it was noticed that the narcotic count sheet was not collaborating with the amount of liquid that was showing in the bottle. LVN states that she informed the Director of Nursing that she remembered the nurse saying she was going to give the patient morphine and that the nurse said there wasn’t a syringe, and she would use a medication cup. LVN states that she was walking back to the dining room from her desk when she saw the nurse pour the medication from the cup into the patient’s mouth. LVN states that she did not know how much was given, as she was not close enough to see how much was in the cup. LVN states that the other nurse signed the narcotic count sheet showing she gave 0.5 milliliters or morphine.

The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(P)&(1)(U) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).

Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side but the LVN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place her LVN license under disciplinary action.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse License Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.