An RN or LVN who violates the state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) should seek proper help from a nurse attorney. Doing so could make or break their cases. As a matter of fact, the license can even be suspended or revoked if not defended properly.
On or about April 2015 to November 2015, an RN from Fort Worth accessed the medical records of one hundred seventy-eight (178) patients, without authorization or consent, and while she was not on duty nor scheduled to work. Her conduct was contrary to laws intended to ensure the confidentiality of medical records, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. During the hearing, the RN states that in addition to being an RN in the hospital, she also works as a clinical admission director on the weekends. She states that in the course of her job duties, and having to access the hospital’s electronic records, she would review progress notes and medication records for only prospective and current residents that were currently admitted to that hospital.
The RN also states that there were many instances when it became necessary to review a patient’s chart to assist her fellow case managers in caring for a patient and executing discharge planning for that patient. She states that these were the only instances in which she accessed patient records, and states that the records were not shared with anyone other than herself.
However, she was not able to provide a good and experienced nurse attorney to help her defend her side of the story.
Because of the incident, the RN was disciplined and suspended by the Board of Nursing.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN and LVN license. The Board has the power to suspend and/or revoke the nurse license. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the State of Texas.
The Texas Board of Nursing decided to revoke her license as a result of her actions. It’s because she failed to hire a good nurse attorney for the case, which is why her defense was not matched with the evidence that the Board possesses.
A good nurse attorney is always the best line of defense for these cases. This is the reason why Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is dedicated to helping those nurses in need to settle their cases. For a private consultation and other inquiries, it’s best to contact him for assistance by dialing (832)-428-5679.