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Facing a workplace complaint is a significant matter, emphasizing the importance of seeking guidance from a nurse attorney if accused. It’s crucial to note that even if individuals believe they are at fault, failing to engage a nurse attorney out of fear for their RN or LVN license can be a mistake. There is still hope for a favorable outcome with the right legal support and defense strategies in place.

At the time of the initial incident, Respondent was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a medical facility in Sugar Land, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and four (4) months.

On or about March 3, 2020, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and providing care for the patient, the LVN inappropriately failed to assess the patient and failed to document an assessment of the patient, including vital signs, for two hours, before she discharged the patient at 11:55 PM. The patient was on hemodialysis, had a history of kidney transplant and chronic immunosuppressive therapy, underwent a colonoscopy earlier that morning, and recovered from anesthesia at 9:55 AM. When the family arrived to take the patient home, she was unable to stay awake or transfer from the wheelchair to the car without the assistance of three individuals. The LVN’s conduct placed the patient at risk of complications from a prolonged lack of appropriate nursing assessment and vital sign monitoring, for over two hours. 

In response to the occurrence, the said LVN reports that the patient met the discharge criteria, and the patient was discharged two hours later because the gastroenterologist who did the procedure always speaks to the patient and family members before they go home. The LVN mentioned that she apologizes for failing to document vital signs, has corrected the way she documents vital signs, and can say that it will not happen again. 

Because of this, the LVN has been subjected to discipline and her license was suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). 

Losing your LVN or RN license can compromise your career. To make sure you never lose your license, you should seek out valuable advice and get in touch with a nurse attorney who has years of expertise and experience, the likes of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An.

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