The integrity and trustworthiness of healthcare professionals are of paramount importance, especially when it comes to certifications and qualifications. Maintaining accurate records and credentials is vital in ensuring that healthcare providers are equipped to deliver safe and effective care to their patients. However, there are instances when deviations from these fundamental standards occur, potentially compromising the reliability of a healthcare provider’s qualifications and raising concerns about their professional conduct and ethical adherence. In situations where healthcare professionals face allegations or legal concerns related to the authenticity of their certifications and qualifications, a nurse attorney can provide vital support and guidance. They assist in formulating a strong defense strategy to mitigate potential professional and legal consequences.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a surgery center in San Angelo, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.
On or about December 7, 2020, while rostered to work for a staffing agency in San Angelo, Texas, RN submitted an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) card that appeared to be issued to him but had an eCard code belonging to a different student. RN’s conduct deceived his agency into thinking his ACLS card was valid and his ACLS training was current.
In response, RN states: “The original complaint was about an ACLS card submitted by me to them that was apparently, unbeknownst to me, a falsified document done by the issuer. I was actually not aware of this until later when one of my peers told me that this gentleman had stolen cards and was passing them off as his own. This gentleman, whom I don’t know, only by the first name of John, had me take a written simplified test and verbalized the process of a code, then proceeded to assign me a card. I was at the time, not working in any situation that would require ACLS, so I never during the time-period practiced what the card stood for. I did use it though to apply for a position in which I was going to work COVID-19 positive ICU in the hospital due to the shortage of nurses, and excess cases of this disease.”
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10) Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(B),(6)(A)&(6)(H).
However, without enough evidence to prove he’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed his RN license under disciplinary action.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.