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Confidentiality in a patient’s health information is very important. It is also the obligation of any health professionals who have access to the information to not expose or disclose any of it to anyone. Confidentiality is also about privacy and respecting someone’s wishes. However, if an RN breaks that, the Board may put you into disciplinary action. Once the Board summons you, you need the help of a nurse attorney for your defense.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Midland, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and eight (8) months.

On or about February 6, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Midland, Texas, RN failed to respect a patient’s right to privacy in that she used her personal cell phone to take an unauthorized photo of the patient’s amputated leg without a valid medical reason. RN’s conduct exposed the patient unnecessarily to a risk of harm from disclosure of her confidential medical information without her written authorization.

In response to the above incident, RN admits to the conduct, and she states she is ashamed by her actions that night. She states she has a new understanding of patient privacy and what it means to a patient and what it would mean to her as a patient.

The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(E).

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.