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If a nurse is accused of falsifying a patient’s medical records, they could lose their license or be temporarily suspended from the profession. When this happens, they will likely need the services of a qualified nurse defense attorney. This blog will explain more about what a nursing defense lawyer can do to help in such situations.

Incident Scenario: Alleged Falsification of a Patient’s Vital Signs

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) years and nine (9) months.

On or about November 10, 2021, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, LVN falsely documented vital signs for a patient, in that the patient did not complete their annual wellness exam during the visit. LVN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.

In response to the above incident, LVN stated the physician gave her instructions to go ahead and document the visit since she had seen the patient a few weeks before for a comprehensive annual exam with lab work. LVN admitted she did not take the vital signs of the patient that day. LVN stated she recorded the vital signs from the previous visit.

The above action is clearly a violation of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) as it could risk harm the patient. However, the LVN did not seek assistance from an experienced nurse attorney and without enough evidence to prove she was not guilty, the LVN lost the case. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her LVN license under disciplinary action.

If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help. You can reach him at (832) 428-5679 for a free legal consultation or for more inquiries.