Negligence at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges and failed to hire the right nurse attorney just because they thought it’s too late for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, an LVN from Houston failed to do this. This results in disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing. Always keep in mind that the Texas Board of Nursing handles all of the cases that may affect the license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with a right nurse attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the nurse’s favor, especially if the LVN has a good defense against the case.
On or about November 2016, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Dallas and assigned as a Private Duty Nurse for a student in an elementary school, the LVN failed to ensure a safe environment for the patient by failing to appropriately buckle the patient in the wheelchair.
On the same day, she also performed the Heimlich Maneuver when the patient was choking on a carrot, and failed to document the incident in the patient’s medical record. Respondent’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and unnecessarily exposed the patient to risk of harm or injury.
On or about January 5, 2017, while employed in the same facility in Dallas, the LVN failed to timely intervene for the patient and activate 911 when the student exhibited onset seizure-like activity. Emergency Medical Services were called 52 minutes after seizure-like activity began. Her conduct exposed the student to the risk of harm from complications related to seizure-like activity, including neurological damage and further seizures.
Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. She states when the patient finished feeding, she unbuckled the wheelchair in order to flush then the patient slid out of the wheelchair. She states the patient hit her hands and right arm hit the pedestal. She states she does take responsibility for this incident, and she notified the patient’ mother of the incident and PSA was notified by phone.
Regarding the undocumented incident in the patient’s medical record, the LVN further states she remembers documenting this incident, and notifying the facility of the incident. However, she admits she failed in calling 911 herself, because she was holding the patient in the nurse’s office while communicating with the parent on speaker phone and when the parent instructed to call 911, the school nurse called 911.
The above incidents led to the decision of the board to discipline her license. She could have properly defended her side had she only hire an experienced nurse attorney to help her.
If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.