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Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence while at work, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An LVN from Garland, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who were found to be negligent while working.

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Garland, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) years and five (5) months.

On or about October 21, 2020, while employed as an LVN at hospital in Garland, Texas, LVN failed to properly intervene while performing a dressing change to the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line of a patient, in that LVN inappropriately used scissors to remove the tegaderm dressing, inadvertently severing the line. LVN then left the patient momentarily unattended while she notified the supervising RN. The patient was sent to the ER; however, the PICC line had migrated upward inside the blood vessel of the patient’s arm. The patient required surgical intervention to remove the retained line and a second procedure for insertion of a new PICC line in the other arm. LVN’s conduct caused the patient to require surgical intervention and exposed the patient to risk of injury from adverse complications of a retained PICC line; including bleeding, thrombus formation, and cardiac or pulmonary embolism.

In response, LVN states the tegaderm tape could not be removed and she utilized scissors to try and manipulate the tegaderm away from the PICC line. LVN also states she used poor judgement and understands scissors should not be used near a PICC line.

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)(C),(1)(M)&(2) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).

The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.

Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.