Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence, misconduct or any other cases while at work, your license could be put in danger if not defended properly by a nurse attorney. An RN from Houston, Texas is just one of the many examples of this scenario.
On or about May 2005 through August 2005, the RN had been exceeding her Board authorized scope of practice as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner by diagnosing, treating and managing medical aspects of care for male patients.
On or about April 17, 2006, through August 2006, the RN accepted a “Nurse Practitioner II” position which, although she states was initially only supposed to provide care to female patients, exceeded her authorized scope of practice and included care of the predominantly male population of HIV infected patients. She documented prescriptions for HIV-related and other medications in the electronic medical record, as though they were prescribed only by her, without documenting that any of the prescriptions were based upon verbal orders or upon paper prescriptions written by other physicians during off-site clinic visits.
Her conduct was likely to injure patients from non-efficacious and/or possibly harmful medical care.
The Texas Board of Nursing is the one who has full jurisdiction on cases involving RNs and LVNs. Therefore, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to explain her side. She states that she believed care of the male patient with a sexually transmitted disease was well within her authorized scope of practice, and that the facility’s medical director indicated to her that he considered HIV to be a sexually transmitted disease. She concludes that her infringement upon Board rules, if any, was completely unintentional, and that upon receiving the Board’s second notice of alleged violations, she restricted her practice to female patients only, and eventually was transferred within the other two hospitals, where she only provides care to adult female patients.
Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the RN.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579