Nurses’ written accounts or documentations are critical for planning and evaluation of medical interventions and patient care. Providing false documentations could lead to incorrect treatment decisions compromising patient safety. This negligence can lead to a case being filed against an RN/LVN and your license could be in danger if not defended by an experienced nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a pediatric home health service provider in Frisco, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and five (5) months.
On or about December 16, 2020, through January 5, 2021 , while employed as an RN with a pediatric home health service provider in Frisco, Texas, and assigned to provide skilled nursing care for a patient, RN falsely documented her nursing visit notes, in that she falsified assessments and vital signs, start times on her nursing visit notes, and time sheets for hours she did not work. Additionally, the patient’s family reported she was frequently sixty (60) to ninety (90) minutes late. RN’s conduct was deceptive, created an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have accurate information to base their future care decisions.
In response, RN states she arrived at the patient’s residence later than her start time. RN denies falsifying any type of assessment or vital signs. RN states the exact minute to the time was the only discrepancy that she admitted doing wrong in her charting. RN states the discrepancy was not done with any malicious intent, rather, it was a complacent human error.
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) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A)&(6)(H).
The evidence against the RN was strong. At the same time, she was not able to properly defend her case in court. As a result, her nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.