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A skilled and knowledgeable nurse attorney can provide utmost assistance over cases that you may deny of committing. However, a lack of a nurse attorney could subject you and your license to any possible sanction depending on the severity of your misconduct.

The first case happened on or aboutMarch 22, 2011, through September 23, 2011. While employed as a RN in a medical facility in Dallas, Texas, the RN removed the patients’ confidential personal health information without authorization with the intent to utilize the information to solicit those patients for services from her home health agency. Her conduct could have exposed the patients unnecessarily to a risk of harm from use, accessing or disclosure of their confidential medical information without their written authorization and placed the facility in violation of   HIPAA (The Health InsurancePortability and Accountability Act).

Respondent states she did not understand the rules and laws pertaining to HIPAA and did not intend to commit any crimes. However, the Texas Board of Nursing still believes she should have been disciplined for her malicious behavior. Thus, her RN license was suspended.

The second case happened to another RN in Houston, Texas on or about January 1, 2014. During this time period,   the RN issued prescriptions for controlled substances to patients without conducting appropriate assessments to justify her prescribing practices and exploring/ordering other treatment options in lieu of prescribing dangerous controlled substances to her patients. Her conduct falls below the minimum standard of care, and prescribing a mixture of unsupported quantities of Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants puts patients at a greater risk of harm that outweighs any therapeutic benefit.

Furthermore, the RN failed to adequately collaborate with a collaborating physician and failed to accurately document such collaboration in the patients’ medical records, as required by law.

Additionally, she failed to appropriately monitor patients for abusive and drug seeking behavior.

The RN was given the chance to defend her case. She states that she was in contact with attending physician on at least a weekly basis to review charts, discuss cases, and establish protocols. She states that documentation within the charts was done on a case by case basis when the need arose; each patient case was reviewed to determine how often physical exams were done which explains the issue of results being in various parts of the charts. She further states that every patient had verified radiologic studies that confirmed injury to further their claims of pain; urine drugs screens were done on a regular, random basis;  and DPS reports were pulled at regular intervals to see the previous medications assigned to each patient. She states that alternative treatments such as trigger point The RN adds that several patients were discharged because of identified narcotic abuse

The Texas Board of Nursing then decided to subject the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. The said proceedings shall ensure the safety of the patient, along with a better future for the RN’s career. However, she should contact a nurse attorney in order to receive assistance regarding the case, especially if the RN sincerely thinks of it as an accusation. For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced nurse attorney. Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney which helped RNs and LVNs defend against several cases since2006. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.