The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has the jurisdiction to hear and decide cases involving the practice of professional nursing in Texas. Any RN or LVN found guilty for violating the state laws and regulations as well as charged with the case may be subjected to a disciplinary case if not properly defended by a nurse attorney.
On or about June 5, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a university in Tyler, the RN used bedsheets tied to the railings of the bed which prevented the movement of the patient. Twenty minutes after the report and after the change of shift, at 7:20 am, the oncoming nurse found the patent lying on soiled sheets and the tube feed was disconnected and running in the bed.
The RN’s conduct may have been likely to injure the patient in that the use of an alleged improper restraint could result in the patient suffering from adverse effects and/or physical, mental, or emotional harm.
During the hearing, the RN denies that she used bedsheets to restrain or tie the patient to the bed. She states that the patient was noted in the record to be restless and agitated, and was kicking the sheets off of him, exposing himself to persons passing by.
The RN states that the patient when in her care was only restrained with soft wrist restraints as ordered by the doctor. She states that she draped a sheet over the top of the foot rails to provide him with privacy and dignity. The RN states that the sheet was not restrictive and not touching the patient.
The RN states and the record documents that he remained agitated and restless and in constant motion throughout the shift, that she called the doctor, but he did not want to institute any new orders. She states that on June 5, 2018, at the time of shift change when the patient was in her care, he was not soiled. The RN states that no harm came to the patient.
Because of the lack of an effective nurse attorney to help her defend her case, the RN was disciplined by violating the Texas Board of Nursing regulation.
Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or weekends.