The practice of the nursing profession can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. An RN in Texas needs to follow several rules and regulations to prevent the revocation of her RN license. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence which may have put their RN license in danger. Therefore, nurses need a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in New Braunfels, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about February 2, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in New Braunfels, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
1. RN falsely documented her lunch out and lunch in times on her punch form and submitted it to management for a signature. RN’s conduct was likely to defraud and deceive the facility of money paid to the RN for time not actually worked. Additionally, RN’s conduct was unprofessional.
2. RN crushed medication to administer to a patient but left the medication on top of the medication cart unsecured and went to lunch. RN’s conduct created an unsafe environment and was likely to result in the loss of the medications.
In response, RN states that she forgot to clock out due to a disagreement with a staff member. Upon return, she tried to get the disagreeable party to sign her punch card. The signature was denied, so RN slid the punch form across the desk to the weekend supervisor and asked her to hand the punch card off to RN’s supervisor. RN states that she understands that she appeared unprofessional in these moments of interactions with the staff member. Furthermore, RN states that she recognizes she needs to be more careful when taking a break and handing off her medication cart to the responsibility of another nurse. RN states she made an error by leaving unsecured medication on her cart and should have insisted upon a written form to document the chain of custody of her medication cart.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10),(12)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(J)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4),(6)(A),(6)(C),(6)(D),(6)(F),(6)(G) & (6)(H).
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 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.