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Within the realm of nursing, effective communication and accurate information dissemination are paramount for patient care. In addressing allegations arising from incidents like these, a nurse attorney proves to be an essential ally. A nurse attorney becomes instrumental in guiding RNs through legal intricacies, ensuring their rights are protected, and formulating a robust defense strategy to mitigate potential professional and legal consequences stemming from communication-related incidents.

At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.

On or about June 29, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Allen, Texas, RN informed a patient that she needed to be in isolation based on her history of shingles, despite the patient not having an active shingles episode. RN was directed to contact the patient’s physician by the Nurse Manager and obtain an order for isolation before contacting the patient but failed to do so. The patient’s physician was contacted, and RN was informed the patient’s shingles were not active and isolation was not required. RN’s conduct was likely to cause undue stress and anxiety for the patient.

In response to the above incident, RN admits to telling a patient she should be in isolation, but states her actions were reasonable based upon the information in the patient’s chart and compliance with direction given by the assistant manager.

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

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. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action. 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 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.