Allegations and accusations at work are the serious cases, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of violating the Nursing Practice Act. However, some who thought they were guilty of the charges, had failed to hire the right nurse attorney to help them deal with the case.
At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse and Chief Nursing Officer at a hospital in Waco, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years.
It was on or about September 1 8, 2017, when an RN engaged in unprofessional conduct in that she completed the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) portion of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) online class on behalf of another nurse who was not present at the time when it was completed. The RN’s conduct was likely to deceive the facility that relied on the card to verify an employee’s current certification, which was required for the position and could have affected their decision to continue the other employee’s employment.
In response, the RN states she completed the CPR section of the ACLS online class on behalf of another nurse who was not present at the time. The RN states that although she knew a deficiency for the nurse’s expired ACLS could have been addressed through a corrective action plan, she allowed the perceived pressure for perfection placed on her by the Board of Directors to cloud her judgment. She further states at the time she rationalized that she knew the nurse to be competent to perform CPR as she had been certified for more than 10 years with her most recent certification being approximately two months earlier in August 2017. The RN states she takes full responsibility and accountability for this error in judgment and the poor leadership is demonstrated.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So, if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 200 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.