Falsifying documents is considered a criminal offense that 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. But if an RN is accused of doing such a crime, a nurse attorney is crucially needed.
At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Brownsville, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) months.
On or about August 11, 2018, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Brownsville, Texas, RN falsely documented in a progress note that he administered “bedtime medication” to a patient, in that the patient did not have any prescribed medications at that time. RN’s conduct was deceptive, created an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate information to base their future care decisions.
On or about January 2, 2019, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Brownsville, Texas, RN falsely documented in a progress note that a patient has asthma, a wound, is diabetic, received insulin, and had vitals checked. RN’s conduct was deceptive, created an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate information to base their future care decisions.
In response to the above incidents, RN states it was not uncommon to have up to 30 patients to chart on. RN admits that in his haste to complete charting and clock out on time, he made the documentation errors by failing to delete statements from the template that do not apply to the patients.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and 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, he was not able to properly defend his case in court. As a result, his nursing license was subject to disciplinary action.
Avoid a 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 200 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.