The Texas Board of Nursing is known to be very strict when it comes to all actions of nurses, which is why a nurse attorney is needed when attending hearings before the Board. The Texas Board of Nursing does not allow those who wish to exceed the scope of their practice as an RN or LVN. A certain LVN in Houston could’ve done this but failed to hire the right and good nurse attorney.
At the time of the incident, the LVN was employed in a university in Houston and had been working in the facility for two years already.
On or about April 24, 2018, while utilizing a Privilege to Practice (PTP) and employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Houston, the LVN violated the boundaries of the nurse/client relationship, in that she took a photograph of herself and a patient and posted it to social media.
Her conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm from disclosure of his confidential medical information without his written authorization.
The Texas Board of Nursing took action to the case, summoning the LVN to defend against the accusation. The LVN admits to posting the picture to her Facebook page and it was a misjudgment on her part.
Unfortunately, the LVN failed to hire a good nurse attorney to help her defend her case.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the RN license. The strictness of the Board also ensures that nurses will only commit to the duties they are assigned to in order to guarantee accurate and excellent performance in all hospitals throughout the state of Texas.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to sentence her LVN license to disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again. It may be okay to get close to a patient or student. But make sure that it’s within the scope of your own practices, as it can cause problems and may cause further harm and issue to anyone.
The case would have yielded a different result if the LVN was able to hire a nurse attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for confidential consultation.