Documentations have been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
One such incident occurred in August 2017 to an RN in Houston. During the initial time of the incident, the RN was employed as an RN in a medical facility in Houston and had been in that position for about one year already.
On or about August 7, 2017, while employed as a Registered Nurse in Houston, the RN submitted a fraudulent Visit Note Report for a medical patient in that the patient rescheduled the visit, but the RN documented completing nursing care for that patient for that date. The RN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to defraud and deceive the facility of money paid to the RN for a visit not actually performed.
Additionally, the RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation for further care.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.