All LVN or RN is under the jurisdiction of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). All complaints or cases concerning the practice of their license are lodged before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Thereafter, the members of the Board will hear the case and decide on the issues or matters submitted for resolution. The parties charged are given the opportunity to be heard with the help of a nurse attorney. This is part of their right to due process.
At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Garland, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years.
It was on or about August 10, 2018. while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN failed to reassess and intervene, including failure to notify the physician and failure to initiate stroke protocol, when the patient experienced severe hypertension, hyperglycemia, nausea, vomiting, and intermittent neurological changes. Additionally, the LVN failed to completely and accurately document nursing care rendered, including the aforementioned patient’s responses to said nursing care. At shift change, the patient was found with facial droop and altered mental status requiring transfer to a higher level of care. The patient was subsequently diagnosed with ischemic stroke. The LVN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient from delayed treatment.
In response to the incident, the LVN states she rechecked the blood pressure several times during the shift using a manual blood pressure cuff and also states the patient care technician did not enter the manual blood pressure results into the electronic record. The LVN also states the physician was already aware of the elevated blood pressure as reported by the prior nurse. The LVN further states family members of the patient did not want insulin administered for hyperglycemia.
As a result, of the LVN’s misconduct, the LVN has to face disciplinary action from the Texas Board of Nursing due to negligence of failing to intervene and provide immediate care to a patient. The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself like hiring a nurse attorney. Having a nurse attorney to help you sort out your problem may result in a better outcome for the situation that you are in.
It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing accusations, allegations, or complaints. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
You may contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.