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In the healthcare industry, patient safety is of paramount importance, and any actions that compromise this fundamental principle raise significant concerns. Nurses, as front-line caregivers, bear a crucial responsibility for ensuring the accurate and safe administration of medications. Any deviation from established protocols, such as tampering with medication packaging, can have serious consequences for patient well-being and raise questions about a nurse’s competence and adherence to professional standards. To address this complex issue and its legal implications, the guidance of a nurse attorney is essential. A nurse attorney possesses the expertise to navigate the intricacies of healthcare law and regulations, ensuring that the rights and safety of both the nurse and the patient are protected.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.

On or about August 1, 2021, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Austin, Texas, LVN taped an unidentified pill that had fallen in the drawer of a medication cart into an incorrect medication blister pack containing Lorazepam. LVN’s conduct placed the patient at risk for harm from inappropriate administration of an unidentified pill.

In response, LVN states she taped the pill in the blister pack because there was a hole in the pack after being crowded and repeatedly handled.

The above actions constitute 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)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B)&(4).

However, without valid evidence to defend her side of the story, the LVN lost the case. Furthermore, the LVN failed to hire a Texas nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined the LVN’s license.

Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the LVN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.