Whenever someone filed a complaint against you, regarding physical abuse, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a skilled nurse attorney. An RN from Houston, Texas is just one of the many examples.
On or about August 8, 2015, while employed as a Registered Nurse within a medical facility in Tyler, the RN physically abused a pediatric patient in that she stuffed a cloth into the patient’s mouth, covered the patient’s face and tracheotomy with a cloth, roughly tugged and flipped the patient, restrained the patient’s left arm by tying it to the side rail of the patient’s bed, and repeatedly forced the patient’s left arm above his head and pinned the arm with her weight.
Additionally, the RN verbally abused the patient by telling him “Do you want me to lay on that arm all night? Then you are going to stop scratching. You are going to learn to not scratch.” The RN’s conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered or disrupted this patient’s treatment.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. The RN denies she stuffed a cloth in the patient’s mouth but admits she would cover the patient’s face and a tracheotomy with a see-through cloth to prevent vomit from getting into the tracheotomy site. The RN stated she could not lift the patient, and so would use a sheet to move him. The RN stated she did not want to restrain the patient, but it was the only way to prevent him from injuring himself. The RN states she moved the patient’s left arm above his head as a range of motion exercise, and it would be impossible for her to put her weight on him because the bed was waist high.
However, the Board states that her conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered or disrupted this patient’s treatment. Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the RN.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579