Leaving your assignment as a nurse is a form of negligence of duty. A lot can badly happen to a patient if you will just leave your assignment without prior notice. It is a serious issue of negligence. You can have your license suspended or worse be revoked because of such inappropriate behavior. The Texas Board of Nursing will have you subject to disciplinary action or a lot worse than that. If this happens, an RN should know how to defend herself/himself by means of having a nurse attorney around.
At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Pasadena, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) months.
On or about April 20, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Pasadena, Texas, RN did the following:
- RN failed to properly assess and/or document assessment of a patient, after the patient fell. RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate 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.
- RN abandoned patients and failed to give a report before leaving the facility during his shift. Furthermore, staff noticed RN’s personal belongings were gone, the keys to his medication cart were left in the narcotic count book, and RN did not answer his phone or return messages. RN’s conduct exposed the patients unnecessarily to risk of harm in that leaving the nursing assignment could have resulted in patients not getting the care needed.
In response, RN states the patient was assigned to another nurse and that he never received a report on the patient or agreed to take the patient. Furthermore, RN states he had a high patient load of twelve (12) and was informed that the administrator was closing a hall and that she would need to take half of those patients in addition to the twelve (12) he already had. RN relates he told the administrator he did not feel comfortable with the patient load, but the administrator tried to intimidate and bully him. RN states he told the administrator again that he was uncomfortable with the patient ratio and the administrator told him that if he could not handle the patient load, then he needed to leave the facility. RN relates he then gave a report to the administrator and left the facility. RN states he was asked to leave and was accused of being unable to handle an appropriate patient load.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(I)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4)&(12).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN enough time to defend the complaints filed against him. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle his case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the RN’s license under disciplinary action.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.