In a Nurse-Patient relationship, there are boundaries that are set to avoid misunderstanding and to avoid personal feelings or emotions involved during treatment. It is also on the part of the nurses to be nice and kind to their patients to avoid emotional distress. However, if you are found to be in arguments with a patient, you just need to be prepared in case a complaint or summon from the Texas Board of Nursing will happen. Being prepared means having a nurse attorney as your legal counsel to represent you before the Texas Board of Nursing.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years and nine (9) months.
On or about February 20, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, RN physically abused a patient by yanking his arm. As a result, the patient hit his head on the side rail of the toddler bed. Additionally, RN turned her back on the patient, thereby leaving him unattended. RN’s conduct created an unsafe environment and unnecessarily exposed the patient to a risk of harm from further abuse and/or injury.
In response to the above incident, RN denies the allegations, stating she did not ‘yank’ his arm but rather pulled the patient closer to change his shirt. RN states the patient did not hit his head on the side of the bed. RN denies leaving the patient unattended and states she turned away for ten seconds to get a shirt from the drawer. RN states the mother of the patient made a false report after RN was unable to keep a scheduled appointment due to car trouble. RN states she has an old injury in her neck that prohibits her from gripping properly and this is why she grabbed the child as shown in the video. RN states the video is open to different interpretations and believes the video may have been doctored.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A)&(1)(B) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B), (4),&(6)(C).
The evidence against the RN was strong. At the same time, she was not able to properly defend her case in court. As a result, her nursing license was placed under disciplinary action.
Avoid the similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right defense attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact an experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 300 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.