Allegations and complaints while at work is a serious case, which is why an experienced 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 failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
Unfortunately, an LVN from Lubbock 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 RN or LVN has a good defense against the case.
On or about June 4, 2016, through June 5, 2016, while employed as a Staff Nurse in a university hospital in Lubbock, the LVN failed to intervene and notify the physician that a patient had lethargy; that she held scheduled medications due to the aforementioned patient’s lethargy; and that the patient experienced continued low blood pressure, absence of urine, and a critical low sodium level.
Subsequently, the oncoming nurse found the patient unresponsive with a blood pressure 76/48mmHg and oxygen saturation level 86%. The patient required placement of a Foley catheter for acute urine retention, administration of a fluid bolus for low blood pressure, and transfer to a higher level of care. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from delayed timely medical interventions.
The Texas Board of Nursing then advised her to attend a hearing regarding her issue. She states that her manager told her there was a patient of hers that got transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. She states she is not sure if the patient is the same patient as referenced here, but she recalls a lethargic patient that was admitted from the Emergency Room who was on Ativan, gave any status change during her shift. The LVN adds that there was down time on the computers and she never received a call about a critical lab.
Because of the lack of a defense lawyer to help her defend her case, the LVN was disciplined and suspended.
If you’re facing cases such as this, 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.