If you have a good defense on your side, a Houston nurse attorney can provide excellent assistance. There are cases where some nurses might commit unexpected medical errors while on duty.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about October 16, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the RN improperly restrained three patients in that he grabbed the patients and pushed them into a wall in an attempt to prevent a fight between patients. In addition, The RN inappropriately restrained a patient to the ground with his arm around her head. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients in that the use of improper restraints could result in the patients suffering from adverse reactions and/or physical, mental, or emotional harm.
In response, the RN states he was working the night shift in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. The RN states he received a Code Purple call, indicating a staff was needed to support a unit disturbance in the adolescent female unit as a group of female adolescents were attempting to form a group to attack another patient, who was instigating the group. The RN states previous attempts to verbally de-escalate the patients had been unsuccessful. The RN states the patients began damaging hospital property and were attempting to jump over the nursing station, despite instructions from the unit nurse and the house supervisor. The RN also states he attempted to form a barrier between himself and the patient. And then states that one of the other patients got within close proximity and started physically posturing toward the singled-out patient. He also states that he told the patient multiple times to step back, but the patient ignored him and stepped forward, yelling verbal threats to the patient and attempting to attack the other patient.
In addition, the RN states out of concern for the safety of the patient, he moved the patient against the wall to prevent an attack. The RN states another patient struck him in the face, injuring the right side of his face, so he reflexively pushed the patient away and released the other patient from against the wall. The RN states he disengaged himself from the situation but stayed in the unit. And then one of the patients attacked the nurse manager, while the patient who had previously struck the RN began to yell obscenities and threats of physical harm. Then he backed away from her, urging her not to attack him. The RN states he was then distracted by a loud sound when the patient attempted to strike him while his back was turned toward the noise. The RN states he attempted to defend himself, and restrained the patient to prevent further attacks on his face. The RN states he released the patient once staff noticed she was attacking him. The RN stated he understood that his patient was at risk of harm when surrounded by other patients and that it was his responsibility to protect everyone involved. The RN states he knew that if he allowed the patients to attack him then he would not be available to protect the targeted patient and she would be vulnerable to harm.
However, he was not able to provide a good Houston nurse attorney for himself, especially when the incident was brought up to him. Therefore, the Board placed her license to a disciplinary action instead may further receive sanctions regarding the incident.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) regarding a case or complaint filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Houston nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.