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Complaints regarding misinformation are one of the cases that a nurse attorney can resolve. These professionals can guarantee their clients that any complaints over them can be denied over the Texas Board of Nursing once you hire them for assistance. Sadly, an LVN in Dallas failed to do so.

On or about February 23, 2005, while employed in a healthcare center in Dallas, the LVN documented contradictory information in nursing note entries regarding the status of a patient, as follows:

Nursing Clinical Note, documented by the LVN for patient care provided between 10:30 and 1130, reflects that:

•            No medications were changed since the patient’s last physician visit;

•          No physician was contacted during the visit; No new problems were identified; and

There was no indication that the patient was complaining of drowsiness, even though the LVN documented that shecompleted an assessment of the patient’s vital signs and overall body systems.

In the Patient Communication Notes, documented by the LVN, reflect that:

At 10:40, the patient complained of drowsiness and having lightheadedness that was possibly associated with having taken samples of Tramadol, a new medication provided on a trial basis by her physician, and that the physician would be notified by the home health agency regarding the change in the patient’s status; and at 11:40,  the LVN notified  the patient of a new physician’s  order that had been received which discontinued the Tramadol.

TheBoard of Texas has full jurisdiction over all cases regarding RNs and LVNs who committed any forms of offenses. They are also the ones holding decisions whether the RN or LVN’s license has to, revoked, or disciplined. Therefore, the Board decided to summon the RN for a hearing to defend against the complaint filed to her.

During the defense, the LVN states that the patient did not report the lightheadedness or use of Tramadol until asked to sign the nurse’s note. She states she recorded this in the nurse’s note and informed the Director of Nursing at theagency.  The staff at the agencycontacted the physician, received new orders to stop Tramadol, and then the LVNcalled the patient to inform her of the new order. 

However,her lack of an experienced nurse attorney to properly defend her side led toher loss.The Texas Board of Nursing then considered the evidence given to themand sentenced the LVN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She couldhave hired a nurse attorney to assist her in the case. To contact one, you maydial Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 to schedule a privateconsultation.