Misconducts have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
One such incident occurred on or June 22, 2018, to an RN in El Paso, Texas. Before the initial time of the incident, she was employed in a medical facility in El Paso and had been in that position for more than one year.
During the said period of time, the RN allegedly engaged in unprofessional conduct, in that her employment was terminated and she t failed to turn in her company-issued iPad. Furthermore, on or about July 10, 2018, the RN informed facility staff she would turn in the iPad, but never did.
Additionally, on or about July 21, 2018, the RN told facility staff and police she did not have the company issued iPad, even though it was traced to her residence. Her conduct was likely to defraud the facility to the cost of nursing equipment.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
During the hearing, the RN states she did not intend to keep the iPad and that her ex-boyfriend was supposed to have returned it. She explains the agency canceled her last paycheck, so she told the owner she would return the iPad when they paid her. She relates she should have returned the iPad sooner, but she forgot about it.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to 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 actually 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. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.