Any type of accusations or negligence 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.

Accusations regarding negligence are a must to be observed properly not only by the Board but by a nurse attorney. An example of this happened to an LVN in Houston where accusations of negligence are filed against her.

On or about October 30, 2007, while employed as a Staff Nurse in a medical facility in Houston, the LVN failed to notify the physician that, prior to going to X-ray, the condition of a female patient deteriorated, including that the patient’s radial pulses could not be palpated, the patient complained of a severe headache, and a doppler was required to determine the patient’s systolic blood pressure was in the ’80s.

The patient was placed on 100% oxygen by non-rebreather mask by the Respiratory Therapist, and instead of notifying the physician, the LVN changed the oxygen delivery to a nasal cannula and allowed the patient to go unaccompanied to the X-ray Department.

Upon return from X-ray, the patient was noted to be pale with no apparent respirations and a “Code Blue” was called. Twenty (20) minutes later, the patient was pronounced deceased. The LVN’s conduct may have contributed to the patient’s demise.

In response to the incident, the LN states that the patient showed no change in condition from the report she had received from the previous shift night nurse and that the physician had seen the patient at 11:50 am and had written orders. She also states she left the patient on six (6) liters of oxygen via nasal cannula when the radiology transporter came to pick up the patient, but when she heard the “Code Blue” and went to the patient’s room, the oxygen had been turned down to two (2) liters via nasal cannula.

The LVN concludes that the radiology staff had decreased the oxygen flow rate and that she had no control over them. She contends that the patient left the floor oriented and returned in a full cardiac/respiratory arrest.

Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and her license into disciplinary action.

The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN 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, 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.