It is important to keep records of correct and accurate documents of patients during their treatment. This is to prevent poor health outcomes for patients. Falsifying documents is illegal, and if found guilty, you can get your license suspended or worst, get revoked. But you can ask a nurse attorney for help regarding such a matter.
An RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months. It was on or about April 5, 2018, the RN falsely documented nursing assessments and progress notes for two patients, respectively, in that the RN had already been dismissed from his duties and had clocked out at 0345. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent caregivers would rely on his documentation to further administer care to the patient.
The RN denies the conduct outlined in the above-mentioned incident and states that his practice is to chart by exception and to review his documentation prior to the end of his shift to ensure accurate times, assessments, and notes have been documented, and since he was advised to leave immediately, he was unable to perform his final review.
The RN’s conduct resulted in the Board’s decision, which is to sanction the RN and put into disciplinary action. The evidence received for falsifying a document is sufficient enough for the Board to put the RN in such disciplined.
This could have been different if the RN had hired a nurse lawyer to defend him from the allegation of false documentation. Every nurse should always be ready once a complaint is filed against them. Hiring a nurse attorney will be a game-changer.
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