Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
At the time of the initial incident, the LVN was employed in a healthcare facility in Houston, Texas, and had been in that position for one year and nine months.
On or about January 2017 through October 2017, the LVN allegedly failed to timely, adequately, and completely document her physical examinations, assessments, plan, and diagnoses for multiple patients in the patients’ medical records. Her conduct created incomplete medical records and may have injured the patients in that subsequent providers would not have complete information to base their decisions for further care.
Additionally, she failed to timely document in the medical record of a patient after the patient presented to the clinic for a nexplanon implant placement. As a result, when the patient returned to the clinic on August 22, 2017, with complaints of side effects from the implant, the subsequent provider was unable to review the patient’s history and previous visit notes. The LVN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that the subsequent provider did not have complete information to base their decisions for further care.
During the hearing, the LVN admits she had a number of charts open in the electronic health record (EHR) system; however, she states they were having issues with EHR and there were days where she could not access the system to document. The LVN adds that she documented on paper and the plan was to scan the paper charts in, but this was delayed due to technical difficulties.
The LVN was summoned before the Board to defend against the case. But without the proper help from a good defense attorney, the LVN lost the case and she was disciplined and suspended.
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 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.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.