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Maintaining accurate and timely documentation and adhering to prescribed patient visit schedules are critical responsibilities for RNs in providing high-quality care. However, there are unfortunate instances where these professional standards are not met, compromising patient safety, and raising concerns about the RN’s conduct. Such conduct can have severe consequences, leading to inaccuracies in the patient’s medical record and potentially jeopardizing the patient’s well-being by delaying necessary interventions. In these complex legal matters, a nurse attorney can offer crucial legal support, guiding the RN through the investigation process, and advocating for a fair resolution while safeguarding the RN’s rights throughout the proceedings.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN with a home health service provider in Fort Worth, Texas, and had been in that position for Five (5) months.

On or about June 26, 2020, and July 3, 2020, while employed as an RN with a home health service provider in Fort Worth, Texas, RN failed to make scheduled visits to the patient as ordered. Additionally, RN submitted falsified nursing visit documentation for those visits she did not actually make. Subsequently, RN admitted to her employer that she had not seen the patient in over a month. RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and could have caused changes in the patient’s condition to go undetected and untreated.

In response, RN states that the visits were completed as tele-visits.

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

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.

So, if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.