Any type of accusation or criminal case can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding criminal cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation.
At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in Dallas and had been in that position for one year and six months.
On or about September 25, 2019, the RN violated the privacy and confidentiality of patients in that she took photographs of patients and uploaded the photos to a social media account that she created and owned, representing a hospital.
Furthermore, the RN failed to obtain written authorization from the patients allowing her to post their photographs with the diagnosis. Her conduct exposed the patients unnecessarily to a risk of harm by disclosing their confidential medical information without their written authorization and placed the facility in violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
In response to the incident, the RN states she was hired in March 2018, in marketing, at the hospital as their Emergency Medical Services Liaison. She states she was hired and paid as an unlicensed administrative staff. She states she met with the CEO, the business development director, and the community marketing director, once a month. She states they would discuss marketing and engagement opportunities and in one of those meetings she talked about and asked permission to start and administer a business Instagram page marketing the hospital to our EMS providers.
She states while she administered the page, the CEO, the business development director, community marketing director, and ED Director, were not only aware of the page but active participants. The RN states the hospital’s Instagram page was operational for over 14 months with the full knowledge of hospital leadership and at no point was she given marketing media guidelines.
Because of this incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action.
The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, 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.