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Misconduct while at work is a serious case, which is why a nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of it. However, there are some nurses who thought they were guilty of the charges but failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s doom for their license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.

At the time of the incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Pearland, Texas, and had been in that position for eleven (11) months.

It was on or about May 15, 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse, and assigned as a Charge Nurse, the RN slapped a patient across the face after the patient spit in the RN’s face. The Rn’s conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered with or disrupted this patient’s treatment.

In response, the RN states that on May 15, 2019, when she reported to shift, she was informed that the patient had been displaying self-harming and disruptive behavior. The RN relates that the patient continued to be disruptive with staff, which led her to instruct staff to get the restraint chair. The RN and staff had to pick the patient up off her bed and put her in the restraint chair. While doing so, the patient was combative and was “spitting on everyone.” Once the patient was secured in the restraint chair, the RN began ordering staff out of the room, except for the MHT who was assigned to the patient’s 1:1 watch. In the meantime, the RN explains that the patient spits massive spittle on the RN’s scrub top, which upset the RN. The RN states she rushed back into the room and harshly put her hand under the patient’s chin to keep her from further spitting. The RN relates she placed her hand under the patient’s
chin forcibly and harshly, which created a slapping sound.

Because of the incident, the Texas Board of Nursing then advised the RN to attend a hearing regarding her issue. However, with the lack of an experienced nurse attorney to handle her case, the LVN was suspended and disciplined.

If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a nurse attorney who can fully assist you. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An been an experienced nurse attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.