Any type of accusations or negligence can be defended, as long as there is an experienced and 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.
On or about June 24, 2015an LVN from El Paso withdrew Valium 5 mg for intravenous (IV) use from the medication dispensing system for a patient without a valid physician’s order, and administered it to the patient. The IV route delivers medication to the patient much quicker than oral administration. The patient became unresponsive, and four nurses had to help safely lay the patient onto a stretcher and attach vital sign monitoring.
Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects of taking a medication by a route that was not ordered by the provider. Additionally, the LVN’s conduct placed the hospital in violation of Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances
Act) of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The LVN states that an adult female patient came in from the outpatient GI clinic having painful anal spasms. She indicates that she told the physician that she had already started an IV and gotten blood so that the patient could be medicated right away. She explains that the physician stated, “Give her 5 mg Valium,” so she pulled IV Valium from the Pyxis.
The LVN adds that the physician never specified the route, but she assumed that he meant IV because she had just informed him that she had started an IV so the patient could get medication quickly. The LVN recounts that before she administered the Valium, another nurse scanned the computer patient profile and brought it to her attention that the Valium was ordered by mouth and not via IV route. She states that she then asked the physician if he minded if she gave the Valium per IV since she already pulled it. Respondent indicates that the physician said “‘I don’t normally like to give it IV, but since you already have it ready, as long as you stay with her and monitor her after, that is fine; I will change the order in the computer later.” She relates that the patient began to relax after she pushed the medication, and herself, and three (3) other nurses lowered the patient in the bed. Respondent adds that the patient was immediately placed on vital sign monitoring.
Because of this incident, 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)-428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.