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When it comes to healthcare, it is important to keep things above board and make sure everything is done by the book to ensure patient safety. But sometimes nurses can find themselves in hot water over alleged misconduct. That’s where nurse attorneys come in! They’re experts in both healthcare and legal matters, so they can guide and support you. For example, if you’re a nurse who’s been accused of falsifying another nurse’s initials, a nurse attorney can help you build a strong defense strategy and make sure your rights are protected. They can also help you navigate any legal proceeding that comes up.

The incident in question occurred at a hospital in Edinburg, Texas. On or about August 21, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Edinburg, Texas, RN falsified another nurse’s initials for an injection administered to a patient. RN’s conduct created an inaccurate medical record and failure to accurately document the administration of medication as ordered by the physician could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.

The RN responded to the incident without seeking advice from a nurse attorney. She acknowledged administering an injection to a patient on December 20, 2021, stating that due to being in a rush, she mistakenly recorded the wrong date and the initials of another nurse. The practice manager brought this discrepancy to her attention. She mentioned that the log was corrected with the accurate date and initials. The RN mentioned that such mistakes sometimes happen and emphasized that there was no harm caused to the patient.

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) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A), (1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A),(6)(H)&(10)(B).

The RN had strong evidence against her, but she couldn’t defend herself well in court as she did not hire a nurse attorney. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her nursing license under disciplinary action.

Don’t let what happened to that RN happen to you. Secure the right defense attorney now, in case you ever face a complaint before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For expert guidance and consultation on handling accusations, reach out to an experienced Texas nurse attorney today.

Attorney Yong J. An is a seasoned nurse attorney with over 18 years of experience representing over 600 cases for RNs and LVNs. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.

Your career and reputation are worth protecting. Contact us today!