All professional nurses in the state of Texas must comply with all the laws promulgated by the government. The RN or LVN nurse is expected to follow the rules and regulations set by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). One wrong move can lead to the suspension or revocation of the nursing license. Aside from this, the nurses are also required to abide by the rules mandated in their workplaces. When there are complaints regarding the misconduct or negligence of the nurses, any aggrieved party may directly file an administrative case before the Board.
When a case is filed against the erring registered nurse, it is highly recommended that he hires a lawyer to defend himself. The assistance of an expert nursing defense attorney is such a big help especially if the case involves a possible revocation of the professional license. There are actually hundreds of cases that led to the permanent cancellation of the nursing licenses due to the failure to the defendant to get proper representation by the counsel. Among these is the case of Antonio who waived his right to be assisted by the counsel.
Antonio is a LVN nurse who worked in a medical center in Texas for almost seven years. On or about June 1, 2011, the LVN nurse failed to re-assess the blood sugar of Diabetic patient, after he was informed, during handoff report from the prior shift. He was also informed that the patient had refused the insulin dose and had a blood Sugar of 398. Moreover, it was alleged that the LVN nurse failed to notify the physician when the patient continued to refuse for treatment. He did not even provide details about it on her records while he was on duty.
Subsequently, the patient was found by her mother unresponsive and with a finger stick blood sugar of 411 and code was called. Resuscitation efforts were not successful. This led to the death of the patient involved. The act of the LVN nurse exposed the patient unnecessarily to the risk of harm from ineffective treatment. He also deprived the patient of the benefit of medical intervention, which resulted in an incomplete medical record. Because of this, an administrative case was filed against the LVN nurse Antonio.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) sent the proper notice to notify him of all the complaint. Instead of explaining his side, he opted to just continue his practice a professional nurse in Texas. He even waived his right to be represented by a counsel. All these resulted to the finding of guilt by the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing found out that there exist serious risks to public health and safety if the LVN nurse will be allowed to continue his practice.
If you have received a letter from the Texas BON for use of drugs/alcohol or any other offense, it is best to consult an experienced Texas Nurse Defense Attorney who can guide you on the steps you need to take to protect your nursing license. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.