Anyone can file a complaint against an RN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse defense lawyer is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. This is what the RN from Harlingen, Texas should have done when she was called by the Board.
At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in Harlingen, Texas, and had been in that position for three years and four months.
On or about August 21, 2017, through September 30, 2017, the RN sent photographs and confidential health information of a patient to a family member without the patient’s consent through text messages.
Her conduct exposed the patients unnecessarily to a risk of harm from disclosure of their confidential medical information without their written authorization and constitutes a violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
On or about January 1, 2018, the RN inappropriately accessed a patient’s medical records without authorization. Her conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm from use, accessing, or disclosure of her confidential health information without her written authorization and constitutes a violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
On or about January 12, 2018, through January 30, 2018, the RN misappropriated one vial of Lorazepam 2mg from a patient, one vial of Morphine 4mg from a patient, and one vial of Fentanyl 100mcg from a patient, belonging to the facility or patients thereof, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
In response to the incident, the RN states a co-worker sent her a photograph of a patient and her wife accessed the photograph through his iCloud. The RN admits she accessed the patient’s medical records without authorization. She states she accidentally took medications home that were in his scrub pockets.
On April 11, 2019, the RN presented for a chemical dependency evaluation. The doctor states there was a significantly elevated defensiveness scale. The doctor states the RN’s invalid responses to objective measures require caution when examining her self-report. The doctor states this limits confident conclusions with regard to substance abuse issues and conclusions with regard to professional fitness. The doctor states he considers the evaluation results inconclusive.
If the Texas Board of Nursing summoned you to court, it is imperative to notify a nurse defense lawyer immediately. Attorney Yong J. An has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. He has over 16 years of expertise in dealing with different cases involving nurses. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.