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Being a nurse and seeing patients recover with such great results is very rewarding to nurses. However, some nurses tend to do their duties in an inappropriate manner. Poor nursing care can be a result of overworked, long working hours, stress, and many more which are common in nursing. This should not be tolerated, as nurses are expected to give the proper care needed by the patients. Those nurses who neglect to do their duties properly are sanctioned by the Board. This case scenario for nurses should be dealt with properly with the help of a nurse attorney.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an LVN at a nursing home in Texarkana, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) months.

On or about February 27, 2020, while employed as an LVN at a nursing home in Texarkana, Texas, LVN failed to adequately document a skin assessment upon admission for a resident, who was admitted with a surgical wound and failed to obtain treatment orders. Specifically, LVN admitted that she did not assess the actual surgical wound but assessed the surgical dressing for bleeding. Furthermore, she falsely documented that the skin was free of any issues. LVN’s conduct deprived subsequent caregivers of vital information on which to base further nursing care and interventions.

In response to the above incident, LVN admitted she did not remove the surgical dressing and assess the patient’s wound during her initial admission assessment because there was no policy or procedure for the facility which states that it is the admitting nurse’s duty to contact a specific individual or service for wound care treatment orders. Additionally, LVN states she assumed the wound care nurse had obtained wound orders from the surgeon or admitting physician for the resident since this was the Resident’s chief problem on admission and was given an order to inspect the resident’s surgical site daily for wound care had been obtained. Therefore, the LVN states she felt she only needed to assess the bandage covering for bleeding. 

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)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P)&(2)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A)&(6)(H).

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

For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced Texas Nursing Law Attorney, Yong J. An. He 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.