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Being a nurse is a rewarding job and some would say that “it is a profession that never stops giving”. Giving care to patients is their primary role as a nurse but it is undeniable that nurses are still human who makes mistakes. They can also feel tired and exhausted after a straight shift or long hours of work wherein due to exhaustion some nurses unintentionally violate rules during their work at the hospital. An LVN from Harlingen, Texas was one of those nurses who are seen to be sleeping while or during their shift but failed to hire a nurse attorney for defense.

At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Harlingen, Texas, and had been in that position for less than one (1) month

An incident happened on or about April 25, 2017, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and assigned to provide nursing care to a patient, the LVN was found sleeping while caring for the patient. The LVN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.

In response to the incident, the LVN states this was her first day working for the agency and with the patient. She did not know the family kept the patient’s room very cold, so she held herself together to keep warm. In the process, she may have closed her eyes, but in a real sense, she was not sleeping. She was very alert and responded to the patient’s needs appropriately and in a timely manner.

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN the chance to defend herself. However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself, especially when questioned about the incident. Therefore, the Board placed her license to a disciplinary action instead.

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 attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.