It’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Killeen, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about February 1, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN falsely documented her lunch out and lunch in times on her punch front, and submitted it to management for a signature. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud and deceive the facility of money paid to the RN for time not actually worked. Additionally, the RN’s conduct was unprofessional.
On or about February 2, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN crushed medication to administer to a patient, but left the medication on top of the medication cart unsecured and went to lunch. The RN’s conduct created an unsafe environment and was likely to result in the loss of the medications.
On or about February 2, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN failed to administer an IV antibiotic to a patient as ordered by a physician. Subsequently, the RN documented that she did not see the medication on the Medication Administration Record (MAR). The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to administer medications as ordered by a physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.
On or about February 3, 2020, following termination as a Registered Nurse, the RN inappropriately attempted to give her personal telephone number to Patient 1 and Patient 2, as she was walking out, and told them that she would call the facility later to speak to them. Subsequently, the RN contacted the responsible party for Patient 2 and asked that she sign out the patient from the facility to come live with her, and expressed that she wanted to sit with the patient during her eye surgery. Additionally, the RN was witnessed at the facility on February 16, 2020, banging on the window of Patient 2. The RN’s conduct violated the professional boundaries of the nurse-client relationship and was likely to injure the patients in that it could have resulted in confusion between the needs of the nurse and those of the residents. In addition, The RN’s conduct may have caused delayed distress for the patients, which may not be recognized or felt by the patients until harmful consequences occur.
On or about September 30, 2020, following termination as a Registered Nurse, the RN submitted a fraudulent nursing performance evaluation to the Texas Board of Nursing to earn credit towards completion of the employment stipulation outlined in the RN’s November 12, 2019, prior Board Order. Lawrence Street Nursing Home indicated they did not complete the submitted evaluation and the signature on the fraudulent evaluation does not belong to any employee of the company.
In response to all the incidents, the RN states they are all allegations and indicates she is accepting the terms of this order for the purposes of settlement only and to avoid the costs of litigation. The RN states that she forgot to clock out due to a disagreement with staff. Upon return, she tried to get the disagreeable party to sign her punch card. The signature was denied, so the RN slid the punch form across the desk to the weekend supervisor and asked she hand the punch card off to the RN’s supervisor. The RN states that she understands that she appeared unprofessional in these moments of interactions with the staff member. The RN states that she recognizes she needs to be more careful when taking a break and handing off her medication cart to the responsibility of another nurse. The RN states she made an error by leaving unsecured medication on her cart and should have insisted upon a written form to document the chain of custody of her medication cart.
Additionally, the RN states that she recognizes that she made an error in not administering the IV antibiotic as ordered by the physician. And also, she states that she deeply cares about her patients’ welfare, and that is the sentiment she was trying to express to Patient 1 and Patient 2. The RN states that she offered to be the person to take Patient 2 to his eye surgeon after Patient 2’s caregiver made the RN aware she could not due to work. The RN denies asking Patient 2’s responsible party to sign out the resident to live with her, her children, and her dying husband. Furthermore, the RN denies criminally trespassing. And later on, the RN denies it.
However, she was not able to provide a good defense attorney for herself. Therefore, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.