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.
A perfect example of this incident happened on or about March 31, 2016, to an LVN in Houston. During the time of the initial incident, she was employed as a staff nurse in a medical facility in Houston and had been in that position for two years already. During that time, she was assigned to care for an 85-year old female patient.
On or about March 31, 2016, the LVN observed that the patient in bed is suffering from shortness of breath and edema. She had been previously monitoring the patient and was aware of decreasing vital signs. However, the LVN failed to notify the patient’s physician of decreasing vital signs.
Subsequently, during that time, the LVN administered 1 mg of Ativan to the patient. Ativan is also called Lorazepam, a schedule IV controlled substance which is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders. The abuse of Lorazepam can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
At the time of administration of Ativan, the patient did not have a physician’s order to receive the medication.
Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing. Although the LVN admit the offense she made, the lack of evidence and expert nurse attorney to defend her led to the Board of Nursing decision to suspend and discipline her license.
This is just one of the many cases why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence, disobedience or any form of offense on the part of an RN or LVN is never excused.
Any type of accusations can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action or revocation.
The LVN lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.