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Nurses are always at risk for accusations of medical malpractice or negligence. If someone filed a complaint against you, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An LVN from Grand Prairie, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who were charged with negligence and failed to hire an effective nurse attorney.

At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an LVN at a nursing home in Grand Prairie, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and nine (9) months.

On or about November 6, 2018, while employed as an LVN at a nursing home in Grand Prairie, Texas, LVN failed to verify physician orders and document such verification for the readmission of a patient prior to the entry of the orders into the facility’s electronic medical record. Instead, LVN elicited the assistance of a fellow nurse to enter physician orders and said the nurse inaccurately entered outdated physician orders for the readmission of the above-mentioned patient, which included the entry of a contraindicated medication, Plavix, that had been discontinued by the patient’s physician. LVN failed to realize the error when reviewing the discharge medication list that the patient’s wife later brought to the LVN. Subsequently, the patient received the medication for five (5) days and was thereafter transferred to the hospital for altered mental status and diagnosed with an enlarged subdural hematoma. LVN’s conduct could have contributed to the injury of the patient.

In response, LVN states that he and another nurse worked as a team. LVN states that team nursing had been encouraged by administrators and LVN had participated many times. LVN states that he and the other nurse agreed on the division of work — LVN completed the assessment part of the admission while the other nurse completed the medication part of the admission by entering the patient’s medications in the computer from a document she had been given. LVN states that the medication in question, Plavix, had been entered into the computer by the other nurse. LVN states that all charts are supposed to be checked for accuracy or orders and entries in the medication administration system. LVN states that either the Director of Nursing or the Assistant Director of Nursing had that responsibility. LVN states that one or both apparently failed to do that check. LVN states that he never administered the medication, and he did not enter the medication into the computer. LVN states that he did not document and complete the Plan of Care. LVN states that the admission was done by Team Nursing and he appropriately completed the admission assessment. LVN states that he created and confirmed three orders, while the other nurse created and confirmed many more orders, not only for all other numerous medications, including Plavix but also treatments and care orders.

The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(1)(P).

Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend his side but the LVN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help him with his case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place his LVN license under disciplinary action.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped represent more than 150 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-4579 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.