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Protecting patient privacy and confidentiality is a fundamental duty for healthcare professionals, and maintaining the security of sensitive health information is of paramount importance in healthcare settings. However, instances of unauthorized disclosure of protected health information can give rise to serious concerns about a nurse’s adherence to ethical and legal responsibilities. Such actions not only breach patient trust but also violate privacy regulations and could lead to potential legal consequences for the nurse and the facility. To navigate these complex legal matters and safeguard the RN’s rights, seeking the support of a nurse attorney can be instrumental in ensuring a fair evaluation of the situation and advocating for the RN’s best interests throughout the process.

At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Mesquite, Texas and had been in that position for five (5) months.

On or about June 3, 2021, while employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Mesquite, Texas, RN posted protected health information, including dates of services and treatments, regarding multiple patients to a social media webpage, without authorization from the patients, patients’ family and/or responsible party. RN’s conduct exposed the patients unnecessarily to a risk of harm from disclosure of their confidential medical information without their written authorization and constitutes a violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

Regarding the above incident, RN did not specifically respond to the allegation, but provided a letter outlining safety concerns that RN brought to the attention of facility management. The letter contains the condition, treatment, and dates of service for multiple patients.

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)(E) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B)&(4).

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 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.