Complaints about patient abuse may put 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 LVNs who missed their chances to get their license saved from disciplinary action or revocation just because they couldn’t hire any nurse attorney to defend them.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and had been in that position for seven (7) months.
On or about June 16, 2020, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, RN tapped the patient on the face resulting in two (2) bruises on the patient’s face. Furthermore, RN initially admitted she hit the patient as a reflex, but subsequently denied hitting the patient and said she tapped the patient with unknown force. RN’s conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered or disrupted this patient’s treatment.
In response, RN states the patient had an incontinence episode during feeding and became upset and frustrated. RN relates she needed to suction him and calm him down to prevent him from having a seizure, so she patted him on his face and his upper chest intermittently to get his attention while talking calmly to him in order to calm him down. RN states this is what she typically did to calm him down without causing any injury to the patient. RN relates that when she left her shift, she did not visualize any bruising on the patient’s face.
The above actions constitute 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)&(6)(F).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.