Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that a nurse attorney can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
On or about June 24, 2016, through December 31, 2016, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a health facility in San Angelo, Texas, an LVN failed to maintain the professional boundaries of the nurse-patient relationship in that despite having a pre-existing relationship with the client, the said LVN went on to provide her with nursing care. The LVN’s actions may have impinged on the client’s dignity, independence, and best interest in that her pre-existing relationship with the patient, in addition to her nurse-patient relationship created a power imbalance that allowed the LVN to become inordinately involved in the client’s affairs. Subsequently, the said LVN was named as the client’s sole beneficiary and independent executrix of the client’s estate on or about June 27, 2016, and as the client’s medical power of attorney on or about February 15, 2017. The LVN’s conduct violated the professional boundaries of the nurse-patient relationship and was likely to injure the patient in that it could have resulted in confusion between the needs of the nurse and those of the patient.
In relation to the situation that occurred, according to the LVN, she had a personal relationship with the patient prior to the nurse-patient relationship, and that professional relationship with the patient ended around January 1, 2017. The patient made all her own decisions, and the LVN did not have any input on any of the Patient’s decisions. The patient signed herself up for hospice on her own and did not enroll in the hospice where the LVN worked.
The LVN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined warning to suspension of her LVN license by violating Texas Board of Nursing regulation. In addition, the LVN was unaware that she was named as the sole beneficiary and independent executrix until August 2017, and the Patient passed away the following month.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An, today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night, or on weekends.