first things first.
here is a link that teaches you all about tpn - it was written for nurses who would like to obtain ceus.
secondly, i agree with others, that since you never accepted assignment, the nurse/pt relationship was never established, therefore there's noone to abandon.
since i don't know what state you live in, i checked out a random state board's policy, just to get an overall sense of expectations.
the following is from mississippi bon.
"Scope of Practice
For patient abandonment to occur, the nurse must have:
the patient assignment, thus establishing a nurse-patient relationship.
that nurse-patient relationship without giving a reasonable notice to the appropriate person (e.g., supervisor, employer)so that arrangements can be made for continuation of nursing care by others."
i don't know if your (former) employer is truly going to complain to the bon, or if it's an idle threat...
still, forewarned = forearmed.
at the very least, consult with a (nurse) attorney...someone who has experience in dealing with the bon and/or administrative law.
do you have nursing insurance? (Professional Liability Insurance for nurses, nursing medical malpractice.
don't leave home without it.
it wouldn't be able to help you with this particular incident, but just goes to show you how vulnerable each and every nurse is.
seriously, i believe it's under $100/yr.
here is the link for the American Association of Nurse Attorneys
call to see if one is in your area, or, to see if they could refer you to someone.
and here is a list for the state bons.
just find your state and proceed from there, should you wish to read their policy on pt abandonment.
i really do wish you well.
good move in refusing assignment.
trust me, you're much better off without these nuts.
absolutely no ethics at all...
which is scary for us as nurses, but esp scary for our pts. (ticks me off)
let us know how it works out.