An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that an LVN committed in September 2014, was one of those examples.
On or about September 19, 2014, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a medical facility in Houston, the left a patient who was a minor with a sibling who also was a minor at the completion of the LVN’s shift and prior to the relief nurse arriving. Further, the LVN did not inform the agency or responsible party he was leaving the patient.
The patient subsequently pulled out his G button and 911 had to be called by the sibling. The LVN then falsely documented at the end of her shift she gave the patient report to the patient’s mother.
The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that leaving the nursing assignment could have resulted in her assigned patient not receiving the care he needed such as G button care and was likely to deceive other caregivers who needed accurate information on which to base their care
She states she took over care of the patient from his mom and was with him till the end of the shift. The LVN states at 6:05 pm she had received a call from the hospital stating her relieving nurse would be a little late to work Respondent states he had a medical emergency call from his son that his grandson was critically ill will be discharged from the hospital and that she should go and pick him up from the hospital as she was with his grandmother. The LVN states at about 6:30 pm the relieving nurse was not around she states she called his elder brother who is seventeen 17 years old and in high school and told him to look after the patient
This conduct done by the RLVN exposed the patient to a risk of any potential danger plus she also failed to provide the patient with the appropriate amount of case.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding errors committed by an RN or LVN. Thus, she was called by the Board to defend against the case. She admits and takes responsibility for her errors, lack of attention to details, and follow up on her documentation.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications towards the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse lawyer for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.