Any type of allegations or accusations at work can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Carrollton, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and eleven (11) months.
On or about May 16, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN incorrectly documented that the patient had a central venous catheter (CVC) line secured with sutures, though it was a sutureless securement device. Additionally, the RN failed to assess the patient’s backside and falsely documented that she had given the patient a bath and that her coccyx/sacral area and buttocks were intact with the skin showing branch-able redness. Subsequently, the oncoming nurse noted purple discoloration on the patient’s coccyx/sacral and buttocks areas. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response to the occurrence, the said RN states the central venous catheter was assessed and observed, that the observation was documented and appropriate care was provided based on her nursing observation. According to the RN, inadequate staffing did not allow her to perform hygiene care and a skin assessment was not conducted. She stated that she gave the patient a chlorhexidine bath, and then requested assistance from a coworker to turn the patient secondary to the patient’s size, and also noted that the client’s skin was intact, consistent with the most recent assessment of the patient. It was indicated by the RN that she intended to clarify the assessment once she received assistance from the coworker, and was then called to help another nurse, and did not follow up in turning her patient to complete the skin assessment.
However, with the failure to hire an experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side, the RN never had the chance to defend her side of the story.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license to disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.