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When it comes to healthcare, taking detailed notes and doing thorough assessments are super important to make sure patients stay safe and get the best care possible. When nurses find themselves facing allegations related to incomplete assessments and documentation, the support and expertise of a nurse attorney become invaluable. Nurse attorneys specialize in navigating the legal intricacies surrounding such incidents, offering crucial assistance to nurses in their time of need. By providing guidance and support, nurse attorneys contribute to accountability within the healthcare profession while safeguarding the nurse’s rights and professional reputation.

Incident Scenario: Neglecting Admission Assessments for a Patient

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a healthcare facility in Midland, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and five (5) months.

On or about March 24, 2022, while employed as an LVN at a health care facility in Midland, Texas. LVN failed to perform and document an admission assessment for a patient. LVN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information to base their decisions for future care.

Without consulting with an experienced nurse attorney, LVN responded to the above incident and stated that she received emails asking her to do the admission assessment, so she documented it when she returned to work. LVN added that the unit’s policy regarding which assessment tool to use has been changing. 

The above action constitutes 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)(D),(1)(P)&(3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A),(6)(H),(10)(C)&(11)(B).

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN enough time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the LVN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the LVN’s license under disciplinary action.

Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN nurse license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent hundreds of nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a free consultation regarding any nursing license cases from the Texas BON.