Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An LVN from Houston, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who were accused of negligence.
This is exactly what happened to an LVN in Houston. During the time of the initial incident, she was employed in a medical facility in Houston and had been in that position for more than two years already.
On or about April 7, 2016, a 26-year old female patient was admitted to the hospital for augmentation of labor. Subsequently, a Pitocin intravenous drip was administered to the patient. Pitocin is a hormone used during the late stage of pregnancy to induce labor (contractions). It is often used to induce labor in difficult pregnancies or pregnancies at risk for complications.
The LVN observed that the intravenous solution is administered to the patient was almost empty. Because of this, the LVN hung a new intravenous bag and began the administration to the patient.
The intravenous bag contained a liter of Lactated Ringer’s solution mixed with 20 units of Pitocin, and was scheduled to be administered to the patient after she delivered her baby.
Lactated Ringers solution is a volume expanding intravenous fluid. The applicable standard of care for administering intravenous medications to patients is that the nurse must carefully examine all labels attached to intravenous solution bags and bottles. This practice is to assure that the right patient is receiving the right medication in the correct dosage at the right time.
Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. She explains that she did everything she could to do her job well and that there was no negligence no her part.
However, the Board thinks that the LVN failed to meet the applicable standard of care when she administered the medication to the patient. Subsequently, she failed to document the administration of the medication in the patient’s medical records.
Furthermore, the LN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the LVN.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN and LVN in Texas. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the state of Texas. Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines if not properly defended by a nurse attorney. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579