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Jean Louise Miller worked as a licensed practical nurse for five years before she completed nursing school and became licensed as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania in 1988. We have determined that the record contains substantial and material evidence that the nurse abandoned her patients and that the Board did not act arbitrarily by requiring the nurse to pay a $1,000 civil penalty. Sanifill of Tenn., Inc. v. Tenn. Ms. Miller, continuing to represent herself on this appeal, insists that the trial court erred by determining that the evidence supports the Board's conclusion that she abandoned patients requiring nursing care when she left work before the end of her shift on April 15, 2002. § 4-5-322(a)(1) (2005). Board of Nursing 3605 Missouri Boulevard P.O. OKLAHOMA BOARD OF NURSING 2915 N. Classen Boulevard, Suite 524 Oklahoma City, OK 73106 (405) 962-1800 Abandonment Statement I. The Division noted that the Board has the authority to revoke or suspend a license for mental incompetency, but it did not specifically request this punishment. The Board of Examiners for Nursing feels that the definition of “patient abandonment” should be consistent throughout the health care delivery system, and has on occasion Jones v. Greene, 946 S.W.2d 817, 828 (Tenn.Ct.App.1996). Fuentes v. Shevin, 407 U.S. 67, 80, 92 S.Ct. Ms. Miller is correct with regard to the legal effect of an expungement order;  however, she failed to present admissible evidence that the public records of these two convictions for minor expenses had been expunged. § 4-5-322(h)(5). Instead, the Board noted that. We tax the costs of this appeal to the Tennessee Board of Nursing. In light of Ms. Miller's concession, the record contains substantial and material evidence that her patients still required nursing care when she left the hospital. Tenn.Code Ann. This stress did interfere with work in the past and the Board wants to make sure that doesn't happen again. A quorum of six members is required to conduct business. In light of its conclusion that the record contained substantial and material evidence that Ms. Miller had abandoned her patients when she left work early, the trial court declined to rule on the issue of whether Ms. Miller was “guilty of a crime” under the nursing statutes. According to Ms. Miller, she eventually completed her probation satisfactorily. The Texas Board of Nursing will continue normal operations as the State of Texas deals with the COVID-19 outbreak. She never worked very long at any particular job. The record also contains a revised “position statement” issued by the Board in December 2002 drawing a distinction between patient abandonment and “employment abandonment.”   This document states: For patient abandonment to occur, the nurse must: a) Have first accepted the patient assignment, thus establishing a nurse-patient relationship, and then. Ms. Miller's belief that the Board imposed monetary penalties against her for committing these two crimes is mistaken. of Comm'rs, 204 Tenn. 298, 305, 319 S.W.2d 481, 484 (1958);  Metropolitan Gov't v. Tenn. Though the Board rules do not define the term “abandonment,” the Board has investigated and disciplined nurses in the past for issues surrounding the concept of abandonment as it relates to the nurse’s duty to the patient. We have also concluded, however, that the Board acted arbitrarily and capriciously by ordering the immediate suspension of Ms. Miller's nursing license pending a psychological evaluation. Trial and appellate courts use the same standard of review. See Maskaron v. Dep't of Prof'l Regulation, 450 So.2d 1242, 1244 (Fla. Dist. We have already determined that the record contains substantial and material evidence supporting the Board's conclusion that Ms. Miller was guilty of vandalism and resisting arrest. But I completed most of my nursing coursework in FL, and I understand it that you can't refuse an assignment or even a patient unless there is someone else who can/will take your place. Patient abandonment is included as a specific ground for disciplinary action under the Nurse Practice Act Section 40-33-1 l0 .(A)(24). In the absence of the corroborating evidence that the records regarding her two convictions had been lawfully expunged, Ms. Miller's testimony that she had pled guilty to vandalism and resisting arrest provide the substantial and material evidence needed to support the Board's conclusion that Ms. Miller was “guilty of a crime” for the purpose of Tenn.Code Ann. Manning v. City of Lebanon, 124 S.W.3d 562, 566 (Tenn Ct. App. Tennessee Board of Nursing • 665 Mainstream Drive • Nashville, TN 37243 Tel: 615-532-5166 • Fax: 615-741-7899 • tn.gov/health 6 * No new offers of admissions may be extended - effective immediately. For client abandonment to occur, the nurse/registrant must: Have first ACCEPTED the client assignment, thus establishing a nurse client relationship; AND then DISENGAGED the nurse client relationship without giving reasonable notice to the qualified person (supervisor, colleague, etc) so that others can make arrangements for continuation of nursing care. In addition to the civil penalty, Ms. Miller also must pay the costs of the proceeding in accordance with Tenn.Code Ann. Thus, as this record stands, it lacks any evidence at all that Ms. Miller is “mentally incompetent” to practice nursing. This oversight could potentially pose a problem for the Division because, based on the Board's rule, patient abandonment cannot occur unless the patient “requires care.”   However, Ms. Miller cured the deficiency in the Division's evidence when she stated that her patients would have required the administration of medications and the prenatal patient required monitoring of her fetal heart tones between the time she left the hospital and the end of her shift. McClellan v. Bd. Instead, they review the record for such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept to support a rational conclusion and such as to furnish a reasonably sound basis for the action under consideration. A nurse can be found to have abandoned a patient if the nurse severs the nurse-patient relationship without giving reasonable notice to the appropriate person so that arrangements can be made for the continuation of nursing care by others. The final question is whether Ms. Miller inappropriately severed the nurse-patient relationship when she left the hospital before the end of her shift. A nurse-patient relationship begins when responsibility for nursing care of a patient is accepted by the nurse. The Board, following specific notice requirements and hearings, adopts rules. Both have the force of law and may be used in the regulation of a profession. The Board also found that Ms. Miller was “guilty of a crime” as proscribed by Tenn.Code Ann. § 63-7-114(a) (Supp.2006);  Tenn. Comp. The effect of expunging the records of a criminal charge is to restore the person to the position he or she occupied prior to the arrest or charge. While Ms. Miller reported that all of her patients were stable, she was concerned about the prenatal patient because she had been trying unsuccessfully since the beginning of her shift to have someone from obstetrics listen to the fetal heart tones. Martin v. Sizemore, 78 S.W.3d 249, 269-71 (Tenn.Ct.App.2001) (expert evidence was required to support discipline of an architect for malpractice). § 63-7-115(a)(1)(B).2  Even though she claimed that her circumstances forced her to plead guilty, Ms. Miller admitted that she pled guilty to vandalism and resisting arrest. After receiving a report that a registered nurse left her patients in a hospital's medical/surgical unit before the end of her shift, the Tennessee Board of Nursing commenced a contested case proceeding to discipline the nurse. response is satisfactory to the Board of Nursing and, in the opinion of the Board, the complaint does not merit further action, the matter may be dismissed. Please try again. C. Disciplinary Proceedings and Sanctions (1) If the Board of Nursing determines that further action is warranted, the Board may request an informal conference with the licensee. Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported. On November 1, 2002, the Division of Health Related Boards of the Tennessee Department of Health (“Division”) filed a written notice of charges against Ms. Miller. One patient had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;  one was recovering from surgery;  and one was a prenatal patient who required monitoring of her fetal heart tones. The Division charged that Ms. Miller should be disciplined because she was “guilty of a crime” based on her conditional guilty pleas to vandalism and resisting arrest and because she was mentally incompetent and had engaged in unprofessional conduct. We may not reverse an administrative decision supported by substantial and material evidence solely because the evidence could also support another result. ABANDONMENT OF PATIENTS . Ms. Miller sought judicial review of the Board's decision in the Chancery Court for Davidson County. 1000-1-.04. As defined in the Board's rules, patient abandonment occurs when a nurse abandons or neglects a patient requiring nursing care. Contact the Board of Nursing. While Ms. Miller testified that the records regarding the vandalism and resisting arrest charges had been expunged, she failed to present evidence supporting her claim. 63-7 (Nursing). The Division of Health Related Boards made that strategic decision to address its concerns regarding Ms. Miller's psychological condition in the context of a disciplinary hearing. After considering the evidence introduced at the contested case hearing, the Board found that Ms. Miller had indeed abandoned her patients when she left the hospital before the end of her shift without informing the supervisor. (a) The Board may request submission of evidence of satisfactory health, character, or professional nursing competence before renewal of registration if a licensee has been inactive in nursing for five (5) years or more, or if questions pertaining to health, character, or competence have been brought to the attention of the Board. The statutes pertaining to this Board are found at T.C.A. However, while she was on the elevator, she decided that she would not inform the supervisor that she was leaving the hospital. Pizzillo v. Pizzillo, 884 S.W.2d 749, 754 (Tenn.Ct.App.1994). P. 30 requesting a rehearing in this case. Nursing students are held to the same standards of care as licensed nurses, and must therefore understand the ins and outs of patient abandonment just as well. The incident that precipitated this dispute took place on April 15, 2002. The Division initially charged that Ms. Miller was “mentally incompetent” for the purpose of Tenn.Code Ann. The trial court also expressed concern regarding the adequacy of the Division's evidence that Ms. Miller had committed a crime and the inelasticity of the penalty for violating Tenn.Code Ann. Ms. Miller was concerned that the supervisor would instruct her to go to the emergency room. This finding is supported by substantial and material evidence, and, therefore, the Board did not act arbitrarily when it ordered Ms. Miller to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and costs.3, The Division's original notice of charges included an assertion that Ms. Miller was “mentally incompetent” and requested, in general terms, the Board to determine “whether ․ [her] license should be suspended or revoked and/or whether other discipline should be imposed.”   However, the Division did not present any evidence regarding Ms. Miller's psychological status during the hearing, and the Board's order contains no findings of fact or conclusions of law regarding Tenn.Code Ann. In fact, Ms. Miller herself stated that her patients required care that night and that she had provided all the care they required until the time she left the hospital. For its part, the Board asserts that its punitive and remedial actions with regard to Ms. Miller are carefully calibrated and entirely supported by the evidence. The charge nurse instructed her to find the supervisor and report that she was leaving the hospital before the end of her shift. While the terms “abandonment” and “patient abandonment” are not used in the Kentucky Nursing Laws (Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 314), the Board has authority to take disciplinary action in specific Many lawyers and judges would not rest easily if they thought that the length, organization, and content of their writings provided a basis to question their psychological competence. Solid Waste Disposal Control Bd., 907 S.W.2d 807, 810 (Tenn.1995);  Willamette Indus., Inc. v. Tenn. Assessment Appeals Comm'n, 11 S.W.3d 142, 147 (Tenn.Ct.App.1999). The only remedies specifically requested by the Division were (1) civil penalties linked with specific causes of action and (2) the costs of the proceeding. However, we have determined that the Board acted arbitrarily when it immediately suspended the nurse's license pending a psychological examination in the absence of any evidence or finding that the nurse was presently mentally unfit to practice nursing. It is not patient abandonment for nurses to leave at the end of their shift. The email address cannot be subscribed. We also concluded in our September 26, 2007 opinion that the Division presented no competent evidence regarding Ms. Miller's psychological condition.2 Thus, in light of the shortcomings in the Division's notice of charges and the factual deficiencies in the Division's case, the Board could not, at least in this proceeding, suspend Ms. Miller's license pending a psychological evaluation. 63-1 (Division of Health Related Boards) and T.C.A. Solid Waste Disposal Control Bd., 832 S.W.2d 559, 561 (Tenn.Ct.App.1991). Comm'n, 15 S.W.3d 486, 490 (Tenn.Ct.App.1999);  Ware v. Greene, 984 S.W.2d 610, 614 (Tenn.Ct.App.1998). Ms. Miller moved to Tennessee in 1997. Even though the Board determined that Ms. Miller was guilty of two crimes, it decided not to require Ms. Miller to pay the civil penalties requested by the Division. Tangential to withdrawing from a case in which treatment has already begun is the refusal to initiate treatment, which many patients also take as an act of abandonment. the series of events that have occurred with the Respondent have caused her great emotional and mental stress to the point where it did interfere with her ability to perform her job appropriately;  for not coming in for certain shifts and also for leaving. b) Severed that nurse-patient relationship without giving reasonable notice to the appropriate person (e.g., supervisor, patient) so that arrangements can be made for continuation of nursing care by others. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. She also asserts that the record does not support the Board's conclusion that she was “guilty of a crime.”. 1. Like the trial court, we affirm the Board's finding that Ms. Miller abandoned her patients and the Board's decision requiring her to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and the costs of the administrative proceeding. AZ 85007 Phone (602) 771-7800 However, in light of the absence of any evidence or factual findings regarding Ms. Miller's current psychological condition, we have concluded that the Board acted arbitrarily and capriciously by immediately suspending her license as part of this disciplinary proceeding. See Tenn.Code Ann. R. & Regs. 2. Second- Facilities use this tactic to bully their staff. As defined in the Board's rules, patient abandonment occurs when a nurse abandons or neglects a patient requiring nursing care. abandonment, and to withdrawal only when assured that, nursing care is available to the patient1. We turn first to the most serious charge against Ms. Miller-patient abandonment. 1000-1-.13(1)(c). In light of Ms. Miller's admission that she did not notify the supervisor that she was leaving before the end of her shift, the record contains substantial and material evidence that she severed her relationship with her patients without giving reasonable notice and, therefore, that she abandoned her patients when she left the hospital. § 63-7-115(a)(1)(B). § 63-7-115(a)(1)(F) and Tenn. Comp. The Board, following specific notice requirements and hearings, adopts rules. In addition, Cookeville Regional Medical Center reported Ms. Miller to the Tennessee Board of Nursing (“Board”). A position statement is a scope of practice determination made by the Bo ard, as to Co. v. State Bd. Serv. We certainly do not find that the Board erred by declining to assess a civil penalty against Ms. Miller for committing these two offenses. A medical/surgical or “med/surg” unit provides care to patients recovering from a wide variety of medical conditions, including those recovering from diagnostic, therapeutic, or surgical interventions, those hospitalized for acute conditions, and those who may be in the final stages of progressive and chronic disease. As a final matter, Ms. Miller asserts that the Board acted arbitrarily and capriciously by suspending her nursing license pending a psychological evaluation of her suitability to continue to practice nursing and by requiring her to pay a civil penalty and costs. When Ms. Miller became ill, she told the other nurses on the unit, including the charge nurse, that she was leaving the hospital. § 4-5-322(h)(5). § 63-7-115(a)(1)(B). The substantial and material evidence standard requires a searching and careful inquiry into the record to determine the basis for the administrative decision. Ms. Miller represented herself during this proceeding, as she had in the proceedings before the Board. of Med. The only financial penalty imposed by the Board was the $1,000 penalty for patient abandonment. There is no dispute that Ms. Miller accepted the obligation to care for four to five patients when she reported for work at Cookeville Regional Medical Center's med/surg unit. Generally for patient abandonment to occur, the nurse must: However, to protect our staff from exposure to the virus, the Board of Nursing will no longer allow visitors to the agency offices. Accordingly, our review is limited to determining the sufficiency of the evidence under Tenn.Code Ann. Ms. Miller is laboring under the mistaken belief that the civil penalties specified in the Board's order and then in the trial court's memorandum and order are cumulative and that she now owes $3,000 in civil penalties. Click here to review the Tennessee Code Annotated. Following the hearing, the Board ordered the nurse to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and also immediately suspended the nurse's license pending a psychological evaluation. Accordingly, she explained that she “lost a lot of sleep” and was “stressed out” because she was convinced that she would be returned to jail if she was arrested again while on probation. While the letter proves Ms. Miller has not mastered the fine points of the rules of grammar and spelling, the mere length, organization, and content of the letter provided insufficient basis for concluding that Ms. Miller is unfit to practice nursing. of Equalization, 682 S.W.2d 196, 199 (Tenn.1984);  Papachristou v. Univ. Patient abandonment is a term which is often used by health care regulatory agencies, employers of health care personnel, the nursing profession and the consumer. Ms. Miller was working for the Starmed Staffing Group (“Starmed”), and, in January 2002, she had been contracted for thirteen weeks to the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The Board requests this Court to revisit the conclusion in our September 26, 2007 opinion that is lacked authority to suspend Ms. Miller's nursing license pending a psychological evaluation in the absence of an competent evidence that Ms. Miller was psychologically impaired. Patient and Employer Abandonment - Frequently Asked Questions & Answers. Ms. Miller was satisfied that the written notes in her patients' charts would adequately acquaint the hospital staff with the status of her patients and the care they had received during her shift. Courts may reject an administrative agency's factual findings only if a reasonable person would necessarily draw a different conclusion from the record. It might be helpful to explore the definition of patient abandonment, how it applies to nursing practice, and considerations to avoid such an allegation. 1000-1-.03(1)(a) (2006). Procedural due process required a government entity to employ fundamentally fair procedures whenever it acts to deprive a person of a right to or interest in life, liberty, or property. The Board also asserts that it has the authority to impose “sanctions that go beyond any sanctions requested by the Division.”. 615-532-5166 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide Nursing.Health@tn.gov Tennessee Board of Nursing 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor Google Chrome, 3. Exam'rs v. Schutzbank, 94 Ariz. 281, 383 P.2d 192, 193-94 (1963) (setting aside the revocation of a physician's license because of notice of hearing referred only to a suspension). She testified later that, as she left, she was not concerned about any of her patients, except for the prenatal patient whose fetal heart tones had not been monitored before she left. On August 16, 2005, the trial court filed a memorandum and order concluding that Ms. Miller had “walked out before the end of her nursing shift at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, disobeying the charge nurse who instructed her to notify a supervisor that she was leaving.”   The court, like the Board, concluded that “once Ms. Miller accepted the job at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and accepted the role of caretaker for the patients on her shift, she was bound by her statutory and regulatory duty to care for them or make sure that others assumed the caretaker role before she left.”   Accordingly, the trial court affirmed the Board's conclusion that Ms. Miller had engaged in unprofessional conduct in violation of Tenn.Code Ann. 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