The help of a nurse attorney is very important for those who are undergoing cases that they did not intend to commit directly. These are issues wherein the results of their action could potentially cause an issue, but the RN or LVN did not intentionally commit such misbehavior. Additionally, these are issues where the RN or LVN may intend to do something right all this time.
This is the case of an LVN who committed such incident on or about March 6, 2016, in El Paso, Texas. She inappropriately accessed demographic data from a patient’s medical record in order to obtain contact information. She then contacted the patient directly on the number she obtained from the data.
The LVN was not authorized by any superior to access the data. Therefore, she might have placed the patient at risk of harm due to the disclosure of confidential medical information. Additionally, there was no written authorization telling her to contact the patient, resulting in the facility to receive a violation as well.
The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over the cases that might suspend, discipline or revoke an RN or LVN’s license. The Texas Board of Nursing considered the hospital’s violation as an offense to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. As a result, the Board contacted the LVN for a hearing against her case.
She stated that she accessed the patient’s demographic data in order to obtain the patient’s number. She admitted that she used the phone number, but used it to tell something important regarding the patient’s health, as it was an urgent matter that was not discussed to the patient before.
The Texas Board of Nursing placed her under disciplinary procedures to ensure that she will never compromise any personal data of a patient. An experienced nurse attorney could have assisted her well regarding the case.
If you’re undergoing cases such as this, but you did not really intend to disclose a patient’s information to anyone, a nurse attorney may be the perfect assistance for you. An experienced Texas nurse attorney, Yong J. An, could provide further assistance by schedule a confidential consultation. To do so, you may contact him at (832)-428-5679.