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Maintaining patient safety and adhering to prescribed medical orders are fundamental principles in nursing practice, as deviations from these standards can have serious consequences for patients and raise concerns about the nurse’s competence and adherence to established protocols. Nurses are entrusted with the critical responsibility of ensuring the accurate and safe delivery of treatments, which includes the proper administration of medications. Unfortunately, there are occasions when errors occur, potentially compromising patient well-being. In situations like these, nurses facing allegations or legal concerns related to medication errors can greatly benefit from the expertise and support of a nurse attorney. Nurse attorneys can advocate for the nurse’s rights throughout the investigation and ensure the nurse is treated fairly and effectively represented.

At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an LVN at a hospital in Killeen, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.

On or about October 15, 2021, while employed as an LVN at a hospital in Killeen, Texas, LVN incorrectly administered a suppository to a patient vaginally. The suppository was ordered to be administered rectally. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medications as ordered by the physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.

In response to the above incident, LVN states that the patient was having a difficult time with pain and nausea and refused all oral medications. LVN states that he felt rushed to complete the task and during the administration the lights were dimmed. LVN states that the suppository was administered vaginally. LVN reports that this was corrected, and a new suppository was then rectally administered, as ordered.

The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13) Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(6)(A)&(6)(H).

The evidence against the LVN was strong. At the same time, he was not able to properly defend his case in court. As a result, his nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.

Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 500 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 17 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.