In nursing care, obtaining the correct diagnosis or result is very important. By doing so, the patient can receive the right treatment he/she needs. If an LVN fails to do it correctly and if something bad happens to the patient due to the LVN’s misconduct, the LVN will be subjected to disciplinary action by the Board. The LVN involved with such a case can ask for help from a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as a Correctional LVN at a detention facility in Sugar Land, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about November 28, 2020 through December 28, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a detention facility in Sugar Land, Texas, LVN failed to completely assess and/or document the assessment of the circulation to and wounds on an inmate’s foot. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the inmate from clinical care decisions based on incomplete assessment information and subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation in order to provide further care.
On or about December 3, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a detention facility in Sugar Land, Texas, LVN failed to perform wound care as ordered by the provider and/or failed to document new wound care orders received verbally from the provider. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from complications of diabetic wounds and created an inaccurate medical record.
In response, LVN states she did consistently assess circulation to the inmate’s wound but admits to not always remembering to document this. The LVN has changed her documentation practice to make sure this is always documented as part of a wound assessment. Additionally, LVN states she received a new verbal wound care order from the nurse practitioner and followed that order when she provided wound care. The LVN admits that she forgot to document the verbal order in the record.
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)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the LVN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license under disciplinary action.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the LVN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. 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 an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.