The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN and LVN in Texas. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the state of Texas. Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines if not properly defended by the right nurse attorney. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
A perfect example of this incident happened to an LVN who was then employed in a medical center in Austin.
On or about June 4, 2015, the LVN exceeded her scope of practice when she pulled intravenous (IV) supplies and fluids from the hospital storeroom, and started an IV to administer IV fluids to a coworker, who was not a registered patient, without authorization or a physician’s order, in an empty hospital room. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from receiving IV fluids without the benefit of a physician’s expertise which could result in the patient suffering adverse reactions.
Subsequently, the LVN misappropriated IV infusion supplies and products from the facility. Her conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the supplies and products.
When summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing, the LVN states that a co-worker had been vomiting and was unable to hold any food down, and staff suggested that she go to the Emergency Room (ER). She relates that the co-worker couldn’t afford to miss work or pay for the ER visit.
The LVN adds that a group of nurses suggested to give her a fluid bolus, which had been done several times at the facility. She recounts that she did attempt once to start an IV, however, she had second thoughts and removed the IV and didn’t administer any fluids because she no longer felt comfortable with the situation and left the room.
The LVN states that at no time did she intend to defraud the hospital by taking supplies for her own use or to use outside the premises. She adds that it has been a very difficult experience because her intentions were to help someone in need and deeply regrets having taken part in any of this.
However, due to lack of evidence and expert nurse attorney to defend her, the LVN was suspended and disciplined.
This is just one of the many cases why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence, disobedience or any form of offense on the part of an RN or LVN is never excused.
Any type of accusations can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action or revocation.
The LVN lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.