The worst thing that can happen to every LVN or RN nurse is waking up one day realizing that she has lot her nursing license for good. This is such a painful situation especially when the nurse has worked hard to become a professional nurse in the state of Texas. No matter how unfortunate this may be, there is nothing that we can do about it because any violation of the law can lead to a revocation of a LVN or RN nursing license.
In one case that was decided by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), a particular RN nurse was ordered to turn over his nursing license. The Board issued the order after finding him guilty of the charges filed against him. After a careful study of the facts of the case, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) was able to find a sufficient ground to revoke the RN nurse license, with finality.
The above-mentioned case involved a nurse named Alfonso. At the time of the filing of the case, Albert was a registered RN nurse in the state of Texas who has worked with a medical facility for a long time already. However, a case was filed against the RN nurse before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). In the complaint filed against the RN nurse, it was alleged that sometime in October 2015, the nurse was caught taking photos of his patient while working in the emergency department.
An administrative case was filed against the RN nurse. It was alleged in the complaint that Alfonso failed to act in accordance to the rules and regulations of the hospital. What he did was a clear violation of the privacy of the patient involved. He took the photos without the consent of the patient. Because of this, he placed the image of the hospital in a negative light.
The applicable law for this case is:
Sec. 301.452. Grounds for Disciplinary Action.
(a)In this section, intemperate use includes practicing nursing or being on duty or on call while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
(b) A person is subject to denial of a license or to disciplinary action under this subchapter for:
(1) a violation of this chapter, a rule or regulation not inconsistent with this chapter, or an order issued under this chapter;
(2) fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice professional nursing or vocational nursing;
(3) a conviction for, or placement on deferred adjudication community supervision or deferred disposition for, a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(4) conduct that results in the revocation of probation imposed because of conviction for a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(5) use of a nursing license, diploma, or permit, or the transcript of such a document, that has been fraudulently purchased, issued, counterfeited, or materially altered;
(6) impersonating or acting as a proxy for another person in the licensing examination required under Section 301.253 or 301.255;
(7) directly or indirectly aiding or abetting an unlicensed person in connection with the unauthorized practice of nursing;
(8) revocation, suspension, or denial of, or any other action relating to, the person’s license or privilege to practice nursing in another jurisdiction or under federal law;
(9) intemperate use of alcohol or drugs that the board determines endangers or could endanger a patient;
(10) unprofessional conduct in the practice of nursing that is likely to deceive, defraud, or injure a patient or the public;
(11) adjudication of mental incompetency;
(12) lack of fitness to practice because of a mental or physical health condition that could result in injury to a patient or the public; or
(13) failure to care adequately for a patient or to conform to the minimum standards of acceptable nursing practice in a manner that, in the board’s opinion, exposes a patient or other person unnecessarily to risk of harm.
The Texas Board of Nursing ruled that the act of the RN nurse concerns her fitness to practice. Do not place yourself in a similar situation as that of Albert. Make sure that you know what are the laws and regulations that are mandated by the state of Texas to all professional nurses in the country. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579.