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The conscientious and accurate administration of medications stands at the core of nursing responsibility, ensuring patient safety and optimal care. However, the incident involving an LVN illustrates a deviation from these crucial standards. In such complex situations, a nurse attorney emerges as an indispensable guide for the LVN. A nurse attorney’s expertise becomes instrumental in navigating the legal complexities, safeguarding the rights of the LVN, and formulating a robust defense strategy to address potential professional and legal consequences arising from medication administration lapses.

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

On or about September 17, 2021, while employed as an LVN at a medical facility in Amarillo, Texas, Patient A requested pain medication from LVN. LVN proceeded to withdraw one (1) injection of Dilaudid 0.5mg from the medication dispensing system under the profile of a different patient, Patient B and wasted 0.2mg after being prompted by the system to do so. Subsequently, LVN administered 0.3mg of Dilaudid to Patient A despite the patient having an order for Dilaudid 0.5mg and inaccurately documented administering 0.5 mg of Dilaudid to the patient. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medication as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.

In response to the above incident, LVN admitted she made an error, she withdrew medications for the wrong patient and administered the wrong dosage to another patient.

The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action under 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)(C),(1)(D),(1)(E)&(1)(G) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).

Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side, but the LVN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place her LVN license under disciplinary action.

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 defense attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the right knowledge necessary for a successful outcome by consulting an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated Texas nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 600 nurses over the past 18 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any allegations from the Texas BON.