Leaving your nursing assignment while on duty without notification to the present Registered Nurse is a violation. This may result in a great risk of harm to patients. It is also considered negligence of duty. An RN having such a violation will be summoned by the Board and will be sanctioned. Before facing the Board, an RN should come prepared by having a nurse attorney for the defense. An example of such a violation happened to an RN at Wichita Falls, Texas.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
On or about December 18, 2018, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, RN left his nursing assignment before notifying a supervisor and reporting off to another nurse. RN’s conduct exposed patients unnecessarily to risk of harm in that leaving the nursing assignment could have resulted in patients not getting the nursing care needed.
In response to the above incident, RN states that he needed to go deal with a bank matter urgently and texted his supervisor to notify her since he could not find her. RN states that he told the triage nurse he was leaving, and he had already checked on his assigned patients to make sure nothing else was pending at that time. RN states that he returned and resumed care of his patients without any detrimental consequences. RN adds that he did not do this again after this date and knows not to leave the unit without proper handoff for continuity of care.
The above action constitutes 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)(I) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),&(12).
Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found him guilty of his deeds. His RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. He did not hire a skilled Texas BON attorney to fully defend his case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.
Make sure that you will not make the same mistake as the RN mentioned above in his case before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Contact a Texas nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.