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.
On or about April 27, 2019, and April 28, 2019, an RN from Fort Worth failed to perform comprehensive pain assessments for several patients. Her conduct resulted in incomplete medical records and was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent caregivers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.
On or about April 19, 2019, through May 7, 2019, the same RN inappropriately accessed the medical records of patients from home, and without authorization. Her conduct was in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
In response to the incident regarding the pain assessments, the RN states that he had been previously taught to chart by exception and that if the patient didn’t report any pain then there wasn’t anything to document. She states that upon switching from night shift to day shift, her day shift supervisor stated that she was not charting pain correctly and that she needed to chart a patient’s pain every few hours to demonstrate that she assessed the patient’s pain.
The RN adds that after being told this, she began to chart “pain perceived absent,” which her supervisor thought was inappropriate. Regarding the accessing of medical records, the RN admits to accessing patient charts from home because she decided to audit a nurse with who he had been having a great deal of conflict.
Because of the lack of an experienced nurse attorney to defend her side, the Board placed her RN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case filed on 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.