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 in Lewisville.
On or about May 2014, through June 2014, the LVN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she was hospitalized for a mental health issue that would have affected her ability to practice nursing safely. Her condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patient’s condition, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
On or about April 23, 2015, the LVN discharged the wrong patient home without a physician’s order and sent the wrong prescriptions home with the aforementioned patient. Additionally, she failed to check patient armbands to identify them.
Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that administration of non-efficacious treatment without a physician’s order could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions. Additionally, her conduct caused confidential information concerning the patient to be disclosed to the public without any written authorization, and her conduct constitutes a violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
When she was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing, the LVN states that during that time of, she was going through a tough divorce, and she was diagnosed with a medical condition, which negatively impacted her work, her TPAPN compliance, her personal life, and related activities. She further states that she has been treated since 2006 for her mental health issues, has completed the Right Step program, and completed outpatient counseling. The LVN admits that she made the clinical errors as stated in the Board’s letter to her while she was at Cypress, but she believes that some system problems contributed to those errors. She also admits that she discharged the wrong patient and takes responsibility, but notes that the unit was very crowded without adequate assistance from technicians who are supposed to be there to assist with some nursing duties. She states that she accepts responsibility for errors in documentation.
Without valid evidence and expert nurse attorney to defend her, the RN 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. Any form of 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 RN 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.