Losing your license may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire the right nurse attorney for the case. Some RNs and LVNs missed their chances to get their license saved from revocation only because they weren’t able to hire any nurse attorney to defend them. This RN from Dallas, Texas happens to be one of them.
On or about October 5, 2017, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Henderson, Texas, and assigned to provide nursing services for a patient, the LVN failed to obtain a specimen for a cytomegalovirus (CMV) PCR lab test, as ordered by the physician every four weeks. Her conduct deprived the physician of information necessary to make further decisions for medical treatment.
On the same day, she also falsely documented that she collected a specimen for the monthly CMV PCR lab test. Her conduct was deceptive, created an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the resident in that subsequent care givers would not have accurate information to base their decisions for further care.
As a defense to the complaints filed against her, the LVN states that she discussed this patient with the RN and told her the patient was a difficult stick. She states the RN told her it would be easier and would save more time if she just accessed the mediport. The LVN states the RN never told her not to do so, nor did she suggest anything else. She states that the following day she completed the blood draw via mediport and told the RN.
The LVN states the RN told her not to mention it to anyone since she wasn’t technically supposed to do that. She admits she felt pressure from the RN and from the patient. Regarding the CMV PCR lab test, the LVN states she drew everything that the RN told her draw and everything that was listed that day. Regarding her documentation, she states she was taught a bad habit of using copy/paste for notes such as labs or wound care. The LVN adds she would make changes to vital signs or any other significant changes.
The LVN could possibly win her case only if she hired an experienced nurse attorney for assistance, causing her to lose her LVN license.
Losing your LVN or RN license can compromise your career. However, a skilled nurse attorney can greatly help you in major cases such as this. For assistance regarding your nurse license case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.