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Leaving your nursing assignment while on duty without notification to the present RN/LVN is a violation. This may result in a great risk of harm to patients. It is also considered negligence of duty. An RN/LVN having such a violation will be summoned by the Board and will be sanctioned. Before facing the Board, an RN/LVN should come prepared by having a nurse attorney for the defense. An example of such a violation happened to an RN at Tyler, Texas.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Tyler, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.

On or about September 12, 2019, through September 13, 2019, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Tyler, Texas, RN left her nursing assignment from 2338 to 0015 without notifying a supervisor or providing a handoff report to another nurse. RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed her patients to a risk of harm from undetected changes in condition.

In response to the above incident, RN states she was assigned two patients that night. RN states she received a message from her husband stating he needed a spare key that he had locked in his car. RN admits she went into the break room, grabbed her keys and purse, and told the charge nurse that she was going to give her husband the key and grab something to eat. RN admits she and her husband got food and returned to the facility parking lot to eat. RN states she returned to the unit and the night continued with no mention of her leaving the facility.

The above action constitutes 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)(I) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(4)&(12).

However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action. 

Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN 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 Nurse Attorney Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.