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In the dynamic and critical environment of a medical facility, the consistent presence of nursing staff is paramount to ensure patient safety and the smooth operation of healthcare services. However, the incident involving an RN’s departure from her assignment without notifying the house supervisor and subsequent delay in communication posed potential risks to patient care. In situations where RNs face allegations of such nature, a nurse attorney becomes an essential advocate. A nurse attorney’s expertise is crucial in guiding RNs through the legal complexities and safeguarding their rights.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a medical facility in College Station, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.

On or about January 29, 2021, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in College Station, Texas, RN left her assignment without notifying the house supervisor, which left the Emergency Department unattended. RN subsequently texted the house supervisor that she had a flat tire and would be late returning to work. RN’s conduct exposed patients unnecessarily to risk of harm in that leaving the nursing assignment could have resulted in the patients not getting the care needed.

Without seeking advice from a nurse attorney, RN responded to the above incident. RN states she ordered food and then left to go pick it up. RN relates there were no patients in the ER, and she clocked out before leaving and informed the security guard she would be gone for ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes; however, she got a flat tire on her way back to the facility. RN states she informed her supervisor and was gone for approximately one (1) hour and twenty (20) minutes. RN relates she should have informed her lead but did not foresee getting a flat tire.

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)(I) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(4),(6)(A),(6)(H),(6)(I)&(12).

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN enough time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right RN/LVN nurse attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the RN’s license under disciplinary action.

Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 500 nurse cases for the past 17 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.