Proper documentation has many purposes for patients, nurses, physicians and other care providers, and families. It is important for communication and continuity of care for the patient. When summoned by the board for documentation cases, you need the help of an expert nurse attorney to defend your case.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Denton, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year.
On or about April 15, 2020, through December 11, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Denton, Texas, RN failed to complete one hundred seventy-eight (178) notes for patients under her care. RN’s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response, RN denies incomplete notes, and states she did not sign off on charts because it would close the chart and she was waiting for a review for additional information to be completed. RN cites several mitigating circumstances. RN states she was working at three clinics for this organization, there were technological issues, she had a heavy patient load, her supervising psychiatrist reduced their hours starting in June 2020, and she had taken on other nurse responsibilities in April 2020 when support was unavailable. RN also cites personal health issues that complicated her ability to practice.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(D) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B), (1)(C)&(4).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.