If you have a good defense on your side, a nurse attorney can provide excellent assistance. There are cases where some nurses might commit mistakes such as having intimate relationships with the patient or with a patient’s spouse while at work.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a hospice care provider in Amarillo, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and four (4) months.
On or about October 1, 2019 through December 13, 2019, while employed as an RN with a hospice care provider in Amarillo, Texas, and after her patient, Patient A expired, RN violated professional boundaries in that RN allowed the patient’s husband to ride in her car with RN to nursing visits. RN’s conduct violated the professional boundaries of the nurse-client relationship and was likely to injure the client and/or the client’s significant other in that it could have resulted in confusion between the needs of the nurse and those of the client and/or the client’s significant other. In addition, RN’s conduct exposed the patients unnecessarily to a risk of harm from use, accessing or disclosure of their confidential medical information without their written authorization and constitutes a violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
In response, RN admits that on one occasion, the patient’s widower drove her to a nursing facility, where she had patients to visit. RN states the widower offered to drive her because she was visibly fatigued and had worked long hours the day before. RN emphasizes that the widower did not attend or observe any patients and waited in the car. RN denies any other incidents and denies that she violated professional boundaries.
The above action constitutes 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)(E)&(1)(J) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4)&(6)(D).
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under 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 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. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.