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. But 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 does means having a nurse attorney as your legal counsel to represent you before the Texas Board of Nursing.

At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a medical facility in Lewisville, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) months.

It was on or about November 23, 2019, when the LVN violated the boundaries of the nurse/client relationship by kissing a patient on the mouth. Furthermore, the LVN later returned to the patient’s room where he kissed the patient on the mouth again, exposed his genitals, and allowed the patient to perform oral sex on him. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it could have resulted in confusion between the needs of the nurse and those of the patient. In addition, the LVN’s conduct may have caused delayed distress for the patient, which may not be recognized or felt by the patient until harmful consequences occur.

On or about November 2019, the LVN violated the boundaries of the nurse/client relationship by kissing the patient on the mouth. Furthermore, the incident was observed by another resident. The LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it could have resulted in confusion between the needs of the nurse and those of the patient. In addition, the LVN’s conduct may have caused delayed distress for the patient, which may not be recognized or felt by the patient until harmful consequences occur.

In response, the LVN states he never hugged, kissed or had any inappropriate contact with the patient.
The LVN also states that he periodically offered a hug or a kiss on the forehead or cheek to some patients and believed the patient was one of those patients. The LVN explains that on one occasion, he kissed the patient on the forehead and in the presence of another female patient who was known for reporting staff for inappropriate behavior.

As a result, the Board of Nursing subjected the RN to disciplinary sanction and further sanction may apply. The RN failed to hire a nurse attorney that leads to the outcome that he is in. It is really important that you have someone who you can rely on when such a thing happens. Hiring a nurse attorney is very worth a try for RNs who are having a hard time with their cases.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.