Complaints about patient abuse may cause your license at risk. Issues such as this may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire a nurse attorney for the case. There are some RNs and LVNswho missed their chances to get their license saved from revocation just because they weren’t able to hire any nurse attorney to defend them. This RN from Mexia, Texas happens to be one of them.

During the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a staff nurse in a healthcare facility in Mexia.

On or about May 26, 2014, the RN was reported to be physically and verbally abusive to a resident patient in that she forcefully grabbed the resident’s arm, twisted them behind her back, and yelled “I will beat the shit out of you.”

The Texas Board of Nursing summoned the RN to explain and defend her side. She states that she used two hands, one on the resident and one on the phone, and asks where she would get another hand to bend her arm back.   The RN also states that the allegation of bending her arm behind her back seems a little far fetch and states that she doesn’t even curse. 

The RN further states  that  on the  evening in question, she was  trying  to reason  with  the  resident to leave the room,  and the  aide  was  standing 15 to 20 feet away egging the resident on.  She explains that the resident was standing with her walker, and after several unsuccessful attempts to coax the resident out of the room, the resident raised her hand to strike her and she put her hand to block that blow.  

The RN explains that the only way to safely get the resident out of the conference room was to put her hands on the resident’s shoulders and guide her out.  She clarifies that she then had to get her walker and push it forward.  She further states that other than turning the resident around, she did not touch the resident.

However, the Texas Board of Nursing believed that the RN’s conduct created an unsafe environment and unnecessarily exposed the patient to abuse  and injury.   Additionally, her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it could have result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions and physical, mental or emotional harm.

Because of this, the RN’s license have been subjected into disciplinary action. An experienced nurse attorney could have assisted her well regarding the case. If you’ve ever done any cases such as this, and you wish to preserve your career and your license, an experienced nurse attorney is what you need. Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, an experienced nurse lawyer for various licensing cases for 14 years, can assist you by contacting him at (832) 428-5679.