In nursing care, nurse visits and a complete and accurate medical record, in a timely manner, brings positive outcomes on the health improvement of a patient. Failure to timely document with incorrect and inaccurate health information of a patient means poor outcome. This shows that accurate documentation of health information has a huge impact on a patient’s recovery. However, if an LVN improperly executed such a task in nursing care, the Board may put the LVN into disciplinary action with suspension or revocation of license. If this happens, it is better to seek help from an expert nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a rehabilitation facility in Longview, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
On or about February 24, 2020, through February 25, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a rehabilitation facility in Longview, Texas, LVN was accused of the following:
- LVN falsely documented that she performed a head-to-toe assessment at 2000 and nursing rounds at 2200 and 0200 for a patient, in the patient’s medical record. LVN’s conduct was deceptive, created an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have accurate information to base their future care decisions.
- LVN failed to perform nursing rounds for the aforementioned patient. Additionally, LVN failed to ensure that all fall precautions were in place, including a bed alarm. The patient was unobserved from approximately 0024 to 0336 and subsequently experienced an unwitnessed fall during that time. LVN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to a risk of harm from undetected changes in condition and delayed the onset of medical interventions required to stabilize the patient.
In response to the above incidents, LVN states she assessed the patient with the patient’s husband present. LVN further states she rounded on the patient every 2 hours and documented her rounds in the patient’s chart. LVN asserts that all fall precautions were in place and claims the patient fell while LVN was on her lunch break.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(2) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A)&(6)(H).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN enough time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the LVN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the LVN’s license under disciplinary action.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.