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An allegation or complaint could be serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, some who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.

Unfortunately, an RN from Austin failed to hire a nurse attorney which resulted in disciplinary action. Take note that the Texas Board of Nursing who handles all of the cases may affect the LVN’s license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with a right nurse attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the nurse’s favor, especially if the RN has a good defense against the case.

On or about April 2016, through October 2016, while employed in a healthcare facility in Zapata, the RN inappropriately used the electronic signature of the previous Director of Nursing (DON) on the patient’s Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments, when the previous Director of Nursing resigned in March 2016 and had not been replaced. 

This action done by the RN created an inaccurate medical record.

In response to allegations filed against her, the RN states she had been the hospital’s  MDS  Coordinator since  February  2012  and personally completed  MDS  forms pursuant to her training and experience.  She states that during April through October 2016, the said hospital did not have a Director of Nursing (DON) available to electronically sign the Minimum Data Set (MDS) documentation so that they could be locked and electronically uploaded. 

The RN affixed the former DON’s e-signature to the MDS forms so that they could be electronically uploaded. Thee-signature attests only that the MDS forms have been completely filled out.   The e-signature does not attest to the accuracy of the information recorded. 

The RN did not fully grasp the broader significance of her actions.  It was not her intent to behave dishonestly.  In hindsight, she understands how and why it was inappropriate to apply the former DON’s e-signature.   She is truly sorry for her error in judgment and will never do anything like this again.

.Unfortunately, without an experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her case, she was disciplined and suspended by the Texas Board of Nursing.

If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several cases to ensure the best assistance possible. If you also received a complaint regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated lawyers who helped various RNs and LVNs in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.