The Texas Board of Nursing is known to be very strict when it comes to all actions of nurses, which is why a nurse attorney is needed when attending hearings before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing does not allow those who wish to exceed the scope of their practice as an RN or LVN.
At the time of the initial incident, an LVN was licensed as a Vocational Nurse and employed as the Assistant Director of Nursing, and Unit Manager, at a hospital in Harlingen, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) months.
On or about June 20, 2016, the LVN involved in the incident and being a Licensed Vocational Nurse and employed as the Assistant Director of Nursing, and Unit Manager of the said facility, the LVN failed to ensure transportation was set up to take the patient to dialysis during the admission process. The patient missed dialysis on June 20, 2016, due to no transportation. The LVN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers did not have accurate information on which to base their decisions for further care.
In regards to the incident, the LVN reports that she was off-duty at the time of the patient’s admission. She reports that on Monday, the dialysis center said they could not see the patient that day or the next day, that the patient would be fine because he had been dialyzed prior to discharge from the hospital. The LVN reports that she notified the DON, physician, and family of the patient.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the LVN license. The strictness of the Board also ensures that nurses will only commit to the duties they are assigned to in order to guarantee accurate and excellent performance in all hospitals throughout the state of Texas.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to sentence her LVN license to disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again.
The case would have yielded a different result if the LVN was able to hire a nurse attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for a confidential consultation.