Patient care lies at the core of the nursing profession, requiring utmost diligence and adherence to established protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of those entrusted to a healthcare professional’s care. Unfortunately, there are instances where LVNs may face allegations of inadequate care, potentially jeopardizing the patient’s health and raising serious concerns about their ability to fulfill their responsibilities. In such circumstances, a nurse attorney can provide essential legal assistance to the LVN, guiding them through potential disciplinary proceedings, and advocating for their rights while addressing the allegations in a fair and just manner.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Richardson, Texas, and had been in that position for year (1) year and five (5) months.
On or about March 3, 2020, through March 4, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Richardson, Texas, LVN failed to adequately care for a patient. Specifically, LVN failed to manage the patient’s nephrostomy drainage bags without unnecessary pulling on the tubes and avoidable kinking/twisting of tubing; failed to apply body belts as required for nephrostomy bags (which would allow bags full of urine to swing freely while the patient was ambulatory), and failed to maintain the patient’s safety by neglecting to help him out of the bed, leaving him alone and unmonitored on multiple occasions, and not helping him get to the urinal and to the commode as required. As a result, the patient fell backwards hitting his back against the bedrail while urine spilled out of the nephrostomy bag onto the patient. In addition, the patient was forced to use his water cup as a urinal at one point, which spilled next to him in his bed. LVN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to risk of harm from inadequate care.
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)(M)&(2)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(4)&(6)(C).
The evidence against the LVN was strong. At the same time, she was not able to properly defend her case in court. As a result, her nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.