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An experienced nurse attorney has surely helped a lot of RNs and LVNs when it comes to cases that may lead to disciplinary action, suspension or revocation. Unfortunately, not all nurses were able to hire a nurse attorney as they underwent such cases. This incident that the RN from Dallas committed in 2000 was one of those examples.

At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital facility in Dallas, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) months. 

On or about May 7, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN clocked in for work dressed in shorts and flip-flops at 4:48 pm when she was not scheduled. The said RN then left the facility and returned the next morning, May 8, 2019, at 8:09 am to clock out. The RN’s conduct was deceptive and could have defrauded the facility of money paid for time not actually worked. 

Responding to the incident, the RN states on the date listed, she went into work early to finish some health streams because they were nearly overdue. While walking into the building, she checked her phone to see which preceptor she was going to be shadowing that night and after clocking in, realized that she had been looking at the previous week’s schedule and was not in fact scheduled for that shift. The RN mentioned that she swiped her badge again believing that would clock her out and left. She also indicated that the next morning, she had an appointment near the hospital and planned on stopping in to check and make sure it had captured her clock out from the previous night and if not, talk to her director and let her know about the mistake. According to the RN, she left later than she expected for her appointment, so when the display didn’t show her last punches, she decided that after her appointment, she would email her director. The RN also revealed that she never intentionally misled or lied to her directors and apologized profusely when she realized the mistake she had made. The money that had been given in her previous paycheck from the hours she was accidentally clocked in was deducted from her next paycheck.

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to hear her side of the story. However, without valid evidence and reasons as well as an experienced nurse attorney to hear her side of the story, the RN was disciplined and suspended.

The following incident and defense against the case caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place the RN and her license into disciplinary proceedings. She could have sought assistance from a good nurse attorney to provide clarifications for the case.

If you’ve ever done any errors or misdemeanors outside or during your shift as an RN or LVN, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.