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Adherence to strict professional boundaries and the utmost commitment to patient safety are paramount in the medical field. Any deviation from these principles raises concerns not only about the well-being of the patient but also about the nurse’s ethical conduct and competence. During such challenging situations, the guidance and expertise of a nurse attorney become beneficial. Throughout any legal investigations or inquiries that may arise from this incident, the nurse attorney will tirelessly advocate for and safeguard the LVN’s legal rights. A nurse attorney ensures that the LVN complies with all legal obligations and requirements throughout the investigative and resolution processes. Collaborating closely with the LVN, the nurse attorney can formulate a strong legal strategy aimed at addressing the allegations while striving to minimize any potential legal consequences.

Let’s take a look at an incident that happened on or about July 12, 2021, while employed as an LVN at a correctional facility in Garland, Texas. The LVN allowed an inmate to draw a blood specimen from another inmate after he was unsuccessful. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient and could have interfered or disrupted this patient’s treatment.

The LVN responded without the help of a nurse attorney and admitted that he allowed an inmate to draw blood from another inmate. LVN states the patient had inquired about a blood draw that had been ordered some time ago and he advised he had a few minutes to get it done. LVN stated after a few attempts, he advised the patient it wasn’t going to happen that day. According to the LVN, the patient requested another inmate’s assistance since the other inmate was a former registered nurse. LVN advised he didn’t know if that was allowed and turned to the officer on duty, who advised it was ok with her. LVN stated the former nurse inmate came out and she was advised of the situation. LVN explained that the needle was still in the inmate’s hand from LVN’s attempt and the inmate was able to find the vein. LVN stated he took over and finished the procedure. 

A case was ultimately filed against him before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The said allegation was fatal to the LVN’s capability to perform the essential functions and duties. Sad to say, the nursing defense attorney who handled his case was not able to properly defend his interests and rights before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) found him guilty of the offense alleged in the complaint and decided to place his LVN license under disciplinary action.

If you have received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse defense attorney right away. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is a dedicated nurse attorney who helped represent more than 600 nurse cases over two decades. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.