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All LVN or RN is under the jurisdiction of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). All complaints or cases concerning the practice of their license are lodged before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Thereafter, the members of the Board will hear the case and decide on the issues or matters submitted for resolution. The parties charged are given the opportunity to be heard with the help of a nurse attorney. This is part of their right to due process.

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

On or about December 26, 2018, and January 1, 2019, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN falsely documented and reported that a patient was anxious and crying when the LVN attempted to teach the patient to set up her own medication planner. The LVN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient from subsequent care decisions made without the benefit of reliable information.

On or about January 18, 2019, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN violated the professional boundaries of the nurse-client relationship when she sent a text message to a patient requesting that the patient act helpless and anxious when a supervisor came to evaluate the LVN’s care of the patient. The LVN’s conduct resulted in the patient’s distrust of the agency and may have delayed the patient’s progress towards treatment goals.

In response to the incidents, the LVN states she documented and reported that the patient was anxious and crying during teaching because the patient was upset that she would have to fill her own pill box once discharged from home health services. The LVN states she sent a text and asked the patient to act anxious with the Registered Nurse (RN) because the LVN hoped the RN would keep the patient on service for at least one more certification period.

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when questioned about the incident. Therefore, the Board placed her license to a disciplinary action instead.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.