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Any error at work is a stressful issue for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke, suspend, or only discipline their license. Take note that a nurse attorney can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations, which may include minor errors at work.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Farmers Branch, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (1) month.

On or about July 20, 2020, through July 27, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN took a photo with an infant patient, during a feeding, without authorization from the patient’s family and/or responsible party. Additionally, the RN was not wearing personal protective equipment while feeding the infant patient. Specifically, the RN was not wearing a mask. Lastly, the RN stated, “This baby had a mother that was hooked on crack, so she can survive a virus.” The RN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm from disclosure of their confidential medical information without their written authorization and constitutes a violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

On or about August 17, 2021, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN presented false information to the Texas Board of Nursing. Specifically, the RN falsified a letter of support from a coworker dated August 10, 2021. The RN’s conduct was deceptive and created an inaccurate enforcement record.

In response, the RN states she sent someone a photo of a baby doll that is used on the unit for training purposes, not a real baby. The RN states the doll is not real which is evidenced in the photo by the lack of milk in the bottle. The RN states she nicknamed the doll ‘munchkin’ because that is the name of the doll. In addition, the RN states she acknowledges the allegation and genuinely regrets having done this act. The RN stated she was embarrassed and ashamed of her situation and did not want to approach her co-worker for the second letter of support regarding the mannequins used on the unit. The RN states she wishes to apologize to the Board and to her co-worker.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the license and career of an RN or LVN. Therefore, based on the findings of the Board, the RN received disciplinary action to ensure further safety and accurate documentation as she works in the future. She should hire a nurse attorney for instances such as this.

For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Nurse Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832) 428-567 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.