Terminated and reported to Texas Board of Nursing - page 2
by bleverett | 6,313 Views | 15 Comments
I am an older nurse in my second career and recently fired from a wonderful skilled nursing facility in Spring. I loved my job. I made a med error following instructions that I apprently misunderstood. The DON never asked me what... Read More
- 1Apr 7, '13 by Ginger35Hi Bleverett,
I am going through a similar situation where I was "let go" based on inaccurate information at a skilled nursing facility. I have just shy of 20 years nursing experience. I can not say everything on here because the BON is involved. However, I strongly agree with the above of obtaining an "Administrative Attorney" that goes in front of the board frequently in your state defending nurses.
I do not have the money either really to retain an attorney- but I did manage to scratch up enough funds to get the ball rolling with one for a retainer. I am willing to even cash in part of my 401k if needed.
I have had insurance in the past - but did not use it and eventually felt that "I didn't need it". Boy was I wrong! It is amazing how others can make up stuff about you and elevate it this far. Just amazing.
As someone going through something similar - this is hard to do, however, please do not talk with your former co-workers or employer about what happened. It is amazing how the truth gets spinned into something that it isnt. Obtain an Admin Attorney to appear on your behalf. Do not talk to the BON any further until an attorney is obtained. This person will speak for you to them.
The good news is that the patient was not harmed. Does not appear that there were missing narcotics or anything like that. So - I would like to believe that the BON would perhaps have you do something like CEUs on medication safety and pay a fine. Something along those lines.
If you have any proof that your DON is falsifying documents - this is a BIG No No!!!! What ever documents you have from her related to work performance, discipline (if there was any), any policies that deal with that. - Put everything together and give to you attorney.
I am sooo sorry you are going through this. Good Luck
- 1Apr 7, '13 by nursel56 GuideDon't even think about not getting legal advice from a pro, bleverett! I also understand Texas has a private company called Group One that basically functions as a damaging reputation clearinghouse whether anything shows up on a legal/formal record or not.
Best wishes to you!
- 1Apr 7, '13 by Meriwhen, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from JoryAgreed. BONs get many reports that have little to no grounds to them--after they conduct their investigation and find that there's nothing to pursue, they drop the case. You may or may not receive notification that you were reported and/or there was no basis for disciplinary action--that depends on the particular BON's policy. So there is indeed hope.I would wait....just because you are reported doesn't mean the case will go anywhere.
Anyone can make a mistake...I personally know of a pharmacist that killed a patient because he mixed an IV incorrectly...he still has his job and his license.
While you cannot control the facility over-reacting (nobody is perfect...you misunderstood the order, it wasn't willfull laziness), I think you will find the BON more understanding.
While they are on the side of protecting the public, they also don't care to join in a knee-jerk reaction because some supervisor got their panties in a wad.
That being said, if you have malpractice insurance, call them now so they can start working on your case in case the BON does decide to pursue things further. If you don't have malpractice insurance, start looking up attorneys who have experience working with BONs. NEVER appear in front of the BON without an attorney on your side if you can help it. It may be costly, but not as costly as having your license suspended or revoked would be.
Best of luck.
- 1Apr 7, '13 by bleverettThank you so much! That is excellent advice. I will get busy recalling when I knew the records/report was falsified to TWC. I did write everything down as it occurred. It feels good to get some support. I will see about an administrative type of nursing job. I so hope that it all works out well, and for the DON I never wanted any negative entanglements. We are both carbon based human beings. So much depends on good communications anytime a client is served. That is the big lesson here for both the DON and me as well as having liability insurance.
- 3Apr 7, '13 by NRSKarenRN, RN, BSN AdminI am closing this discussion to protect your privacy since may be appearing before BON. Everything is discoverable about an incident, including internet postings.
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