Nursing assessment skills is one of the nurse’s most valuable assets. This is the main reason why whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence and medical malpractice, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN and assigned as the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and eight (8) months.
On or about July 9, 2020, and August 5, 2020, while employed as an LVN and assigned as the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, RN repeatedly failed to verify and accurately enter medication orders for a patient following the patient’s two (2) readmissions from the hospital. Subsequently, oral hypoglycemic medication, which had been discontinued per physician orders, continued to be administered to the patient. The patient developed severe hypoglycemia; on both occasions requiring re-hospitalization. Additionally, RN failed to verify and enter medication orders for vancomycin for the same patient for treatment of a clostridium difficile infection. RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record which subsequent caregivers would rely upon to provide care and was likely to injure the patient from the adverse complications of infection and hypoglycemia, including, worsening infection, seizures and possible demise.
In response to the incident, RN states the hospital case manager will email orders prior to a patient discharge, but no orders were received for the patient. RN also states charge nurses are responsible for verifying discharge orders. RN further states she informed the charge nurse no orders had been received prior to the patient’s discharge. RN also states she told the charge nurse to compare the orders sent with the discharge packet from the hospital with the orders in the patient’s chart.
The above action constitutes 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),(1)(P)&(1)(U) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
A case was ultimately filed against her before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The said allegation was fatal to the LVN’s capability to perform the essential functions and duties. Sad to say, the nursing defense attorney who handled her case was not able to properly defend her interests and rights before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found her guilty of the offense alleged in the complaint and decided to place her LVN license under disciplinary action.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. 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. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.