Falsifying documents is considered a criminal offense which is punishable by a fine or even jail time. It is also considered a medical malpractice case. An RN involved in such a case could lose his/her license. Altering or tampering with medical records can be dangerous to the patients. However, if an RN is accused of doing such a crime, a nurse attorney is crucially needed.
On or about November 2, 2020, while employed as an RN at a detention facility in Richardson, Texas, RN falsely documented that a patient had taken Lithium two (2) weeks prior to her arrival to the facility. In addition, RN added Lithium to patient’s medication list under the auspices of the Standing Order Medication Continuity protocol without verification of current active prescription and without a provider’s order. The patient had not filled her prescription for Lithium in the previous three (3) months, therefore, the criteria for Standing Order Medication Continuity was not met. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects of Lithium administered without supervision of a physician.
In response to the above incident, RN denies this allegation. RN states that the newly filled prescription bottle was a current order.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(M)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
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.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.