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An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that the RN from Odessa committed was one of those examples.

At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a medical facility in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years. 

On or about May 8, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN falsely documented vital signs, administration of medications and treatments, and assessments in the medical record of the patient in that the patient was not present at home during the period the LVN documented providing care to the patient. The conduct of the LVN created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation for further care. 

On or about May 8, 2018, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN misappropriated one (1) tablet of Tramadol 50mg belonging to the patient or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. More specifically, the LVN signed out one (1) tablet of Tramadol 50mg and subsequently documented administering 25mg to the patient and wasting the remaining portion with a witness; however, the patient was not in the home when the medication was documented as being administered and the nurse who documented witnessing the waste later admitted that she did not actually witness the waste. The LVN’s action was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications. 

In relation to the situation that occurred, the LVN further states that the documentation error was a result of her having confused her days and clicking on the computer without paying close attention and that she prepared the patient’s medications before she went to look for them here. In addition, it was mentioned by the LVN that she had forgotten the patient was out of the facility and wasted all of the medications. 

The following incidents and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She would have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications for the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanors outside or during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.