Nurses can’t handle a case on their own whenever someone filed a complaint against them, their license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Tyler, Texas is just one of the many examples.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a medical facility in Tyler, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and six (6) months.
On or about December 7, 2020, and December 8, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, and assigned to provide skilled nursing care to a Patient, the said RN submitted documentation for two (2) skilled home nursing care visits she did not perform, in that her patient was hospitalized at the time of the documented visits. The RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to defraud and deceive the facility of money paid to the RN for hours not actually worked. In addition, what happened was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation for further care.
In response to the incidents, the said RN states early afternoon on the 7th, her patient was taken to the hospital due to abnormal behavior and the mother wanted to do a test to rule out COVID. She states after a few hours, she was notified the patient was going to be in the hospital for longer and she could go home. She was instructed to cancel therapies for the week just in case the patient needed to stay in the hospital, and at the end of the week, she realized she did not finish nor submit her paperwork. She states she logged in to finish Monday’s paperwork and did Tuesday’s paperwork. The RN explains for this job she pasted a template with the patient’s normal information and then she would change the info needed throughout the day, and she essentially pre-charted because they kept the patient on a schedule. She states she forgot to change anything for Monday’s paperwork times and she states she turned in Tuesday’s paperwork because she went to work and communicated with therapies and did things on the parents’ behalf. The RN asserts that it was never her intention to attempt to mislead or steal hours. She states she simply wanted to make sure she was there for the patient’s parents and was doing the paperwork to the job’s standards, and her intentions were not malice, she does understand her mistake and takes full responsibility for her actions.
The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She could have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications for the case.
If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanors during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for many years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.