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Any licensed vocational or registered nurse may be subject to a disciplinary hearing before the Texas Board of Nursing. Hence, it is important for LVNs or RNs to hire a skilled and experienced nurse attorney to assist them in the legal battle. This is critical since it will be the sole opportunity to protect a nursing license. Otherwise, if an RN/LVN is found to have violated any rules, the Texas Board of Nursing may sanction them.

At the time of the first incident, an LVN had been working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a University Park, Texas, school facility for a year.

Consequently, on August 16, 2017, and August 17, 2017, it was reported that the LVN on duty missed assembling an oxygen tank for a student whose conditions required immediate access to oxygen. In another incident, the LVN took the student to the gym and hung around there for about thirty minutes, with no oxygen tank accessible any time an emergency arose.

The LVN responded without any guidance from a nurse attorney and stated that the oxygen tank hadn’t been established on the specified day because she and other school staff members were receiving respiratory therapy training. After the training session, the LVN verified that the oxygen tank was completely assembled. Furthermore, the LVN acknowledges that she didn’t recall putting the patient’s oxygen tank back into the wheelchair before leaving for the next session. When the teacher noticed it being left in the classroom, she hurriedly brought it to the LVN. The oxygen tank was only to be used if the patient experienced respiratory distress. The patient suffered no injury, and the oxygen tank was never used in the two years that the LVN cared for him.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing chose to discipline the LVN and his license, and additional sanctions may be imposed if the Board deems it appropriate for the infractions committed by the LVN. The dispute could have been settled if he had called a nurse attorney for aid with the case.

It is recommended that you speak with an expert nurse attorney for more information or a private consultation regarding concerns. Established nurse attorney Yong J. An has supported RNs and LVNs in their defense of various situations since 2006. Contact him at (832) 428-5679 if you would like to discuss nursing license case defenses in more detail or to get started.