The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional RN / LVN in Texas. Any RN license or LVN license holder found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations may be subject to a disciplinary case. The complaint can be filed before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
One of the best examples includes the following:
On or about June 17, 2016, an RN was issued an Agreed Order by the Texas Board of Nursing requiring her to successfully complete the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) to hold her RN license.
Subsequently, on or about October 11, 2016, through October 20, 2016, while employed as an RN and while participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses, Mary inappropriately documented the patient’s mother’s authorization on Skilled Nursing Flowsheets.
Her conduct created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient, in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation to further care.
The RN denies the allegation and states she was present during her entire shift and performed the documented tasks.
Another misconduct happened to Mary on or about October 13, 2016. While employed in Fort Worth, Texas, and while participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses, she submitted a fraudulent Skilled Nursing Flowsheet, in that she documented providing a feeding and a urinary catheterization for a patient for a time period she was not with the patient. She later admitted to occasionally pre-charting her documentation.
Her conduct created an inaccurate medical record and was likely to defraud and deceive the facility of money paid to her for hours not actually worked. Additionally, her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would rely on her documentation for further care.
RN admits she would document ‘per parent’ rather than acquire a signature because the family said it was fine as they were often too busy to sign themselves.
The third incident where the same RN’s misconduct happened on October 26, 2016. While employed as a RN in Fort Worth, Texas, and while participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses, she admitted she had left her patient in wet clothes after the patient soiled himself on occasion.
Additionally, the RN failed to report the patient’s increased frequency of wetting to the patient’s physician. Her conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered or disrupted with the patient’s treatment.
In response to the complaints filed against her, the RN states she would change the patient’s diaper and keep him dry to the best of her ability, but there were days the patient’s bag was not properly packed with additional clothes to change him into. She also states she did not report a change in wetting frequency because she states there was no change in output.
This led to the adverse decision rendered by the Texas Board of Nursing. As a result, her RN license was disciplined and suspended.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right RN / LVN license attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.