False documentation is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges but failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s doom for their license already. However, that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
On or about March 10, 2020, through May 2, 2020, while employed as an RN with a hospital in Houston, Texas, and assigned to provide nursing care to four (4) different patients, RN falsely documented in the medical record of said patients in that she copied verbatim previous documentation from two other nurses. RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would rely on his documentation for further care.
In response, RN states she sincerely takes responsibility for this and recognizes this is false documentation; however, it was accidental in nature and she categorically denied that she intentionally falsified documentation. RN states the computer on the floor she worked on at the facility was very old and unreliable and would often crash/freeze and need to be restarted. RN states to mitigate the computer issues, she would copy and paste the previous nurse’s notes and write her note underneath, then delete the previous nurse’s notes before saving rather than opening multiple browsers and toggling back and forth.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D)&(2) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(A)&(6)(H).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.