The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the government agency that has jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving RN and LVN in Texas. It is also the agency that is responsible for overseeing the practice of professional nursing all over the state of Texas. Any RN or LVN who is guilty of violating state laws and issuances from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may be subjected to penalties or fines if not properly defended by an experienced nurse attorney. As a matter of fact, the RN license and LVN license can even be suspended or revoked.
A perfect example of this incident happened to an LVN who was then employed in a medical center in Fort Worth
On or about January 15, 2015, the LVN inappropriately accessed the electronic medical records of a patient in that she did not have written authorization to do so and was not assigned to provide nursing care to said patient. Her conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm by accessing and disclosing the patient’s confidential medical information without his written authorization which constitutes a violation of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
Because of this, the LVN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing. In response to the allegations filed against her, the LVN states she did access this patient’s chart to see if at any time she may have had recent contact with the named patient and provided care to them in some way. She states she feels and believes that when she did access the patient’s chart that all her reasons were justifiable and with good cause. She states she was always instructed that if she was involved with a patient and participated in their care in any way to familiarize herself with that patient and her involvement in case she was ever called to testify. The LVN states that is exactly why she accessed this particular patient’s chart and for no other reason than to see how she may have been recently involved with this patient and their care.
However, due to lack of evidence and expert nurse attorney to defend her, the LVN was suspended and disciplined.
This is just one of the many cases why every nurse in Texas is expected to act with prudence in practicing the profession. Gross negligence, disobedience or any form of offense on the part of a RN or LVN is never excused.
Any type of accusations can be defended, as long as there is a skilled nurse attorney ready to assist you during the hearing before the Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction regarding cases that may affect an RN or LVN’s license from suspension, disciplinary action or revocation.
The LVN lost the case simply because she failed to find an effective and efficient nurse attorney. Avoid committing the same mistake she did. Find the right nurse attorney in Texas to help you with your needs. Contact nurse attorney Yong J. An directly by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a discreet consultation.