An RN license in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever an RN finds herself in such a situation, she will need to find the best nurse attorney in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her RN license. Otherwise, the BON may find her guilty in the administrative case and order for the revocation of her RN license.
On or about November 28, 2016, while employed as an RN and assigned as a nurse in an emergency in Webster, Texas, the RN inappropriately accessed a patient’s medical record approximately seven times without a valid reason. The RN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm from use, accessing or disclosure of her confidential medical information without her written authorization and constitutes a violation of HIP AA or The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
As a response to the complaint filed against her, the RN denies inappropriately accessing the patient’s electronic medical record and states the access was ancillary to the patient’s treatment.
Unfortunately, she failed to properly defend her case to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Because of this, she was eventually disciplined and her RN license was suspended.
In another case, an RN was also disciplined because of falsely documenting a patient’s medical record. At the time of the incident, the RN was employed in a mental health institute in Lufkin, Texas. She had been in that position for just two months.
On or about April 9, 2015, the RN falsely documented blood glucose results in the medical records of two patients. As a defense, the RN states as she was checking the Medication Administration Record (MAR) at shift change she discovered that both patients did not have blood sugar results documented for 4:30 PM, so she inadvertently misread her notes and wrote what she thought was the blood sugar readings onto the MAR.
The RN further states that in hindsight, she should have checked the glucometer instead of her notes. She further explains she admitted making the mistake after a lot of thought, and that she deeply regrets making this mistake.
The Texas Board of Nursing explained her conduct resulted in inaccurate medical records and was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions. Thus, her RN license was disciplined and suspended.
The two abovementioned cases are just some of the many examples why every nurse who experiences having complaints filed against them should seek help from a trusted nurse attorney.
If you receive a complaint against you, make sure to seek help from the nurse attorney Yong J. An. If you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.