Leaving your nursing assignment while on duty without notification to the present RN/LVN is a violation. This may result in a great risk of harm to patients. It is also considered negligence of duty. An RN/LVN having such a violation will be summoned by the Board and will be sanctioned. Before facing the Board, an RN/LVN should come prepared by having a nurse attorney for the defense. An example of such a violation happened to an RN from Allen, Texas.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a rehabilitation hospital in Allen, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and three (3) months.
On or about November 25, 2020, while employed as an RN at a rehabilitation hospital in Allen, Texas, RN left the facility at the end of her shift but before the oncoming shift nurse arrived. Additionally, RN failed to notify her supervisor that the oncoming shift nurse was running late and left a written report at the nurse’s station. As a result, RN’s patients were left without direct nursing care for approximately one and a half (1 1/2) hours. RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed her patients to a risk of harm from undetected changes in condition.
In response, RN admits she made a poor decision to leave shortly after the end of her shift but prior to the arrival of the oncoming shift nurse. RN states she had been feeling ill during her shift and the oncoming shift nurse was running late. RN states she waited about 10 minutes but became increasingly desperate to leave so she prepared a written report for the oncoming nurse and left it in the assignment book. RN admits she left and did not think to notify anyone before leaving. RN acknowledges that there was a one-and-a-half-hour period where no one was aware that her patients did not have a nurse.
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)(D)&(1)(I) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(4)&(12).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN enough time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the LVN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the RN’s license under disciplinary action.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.