The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a nurse attorney.
One of the best examples where a client failed to hire the right nurse attorney will be discussed in this case.
On or about October 9, 2017, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a medical facility in Houston, the LVN allegedly submitted a Skilled Nursing Assessment form indicating she worked from 2200 until 0600. However, it was discovered by facility staff that the LVN arrived at 0000 and departed at 0115 without notifying the appropriate supervisor and giving the report to the patient’s primary caregiver. The LVN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to risk of harm in that leaving the nursing assignment could have resulted in the patient not getting the care needed.
On or about October 10, 2017, through October 25, 2017, the LVN falsely documented Skilled Nursing Assessment forms for a patient, which included a parent’s signature acknowledging the visits. However, it was discovered by the staff that the visits were not conducted. Furthermore, she admitted to facility staff that she did not conduct the visits. The LVN’s conduct created inaccurate medical records and was likely to defraud and deceive the facility of money paid to the LVN for hours not actually worked. In addition, her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation for further care.
Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing. During the hearing, the LVN denies the allegation and states she conducted the visit as documented. In addition, the LVN denies the allegation and states she conducted the visits as documented. Additionally, she relates she did not admit to facility staff that she did not conduct the visits.
However, she failed to hire an experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side of the story.
The LVN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined warning to a suspension of her LVN license by violating the Texas Board of Nursing regulation.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.