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, he was employed as an RN at a medical facility in Mesquite, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years and two (2) months.
On or about September 13, 2020, while employed as an RN at a medical facility in Mesquite, Texas, RN was accused of the following:
- RN failed to document in the medical record of a patient assessment data, including the patient’s denial of insulin. RN’s conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would not have complete information on which to base their care decisions.
- RN engaged in unprofessional conduct, in that while conducting shift change with the on-coming nurse, and in the presence of patients, RN stated “I had the worst *ing night…”, threw a phone on the table, and stated “now you can answer all these *ing calls.” Additionally, RN entered one patient’s room, slammed the door and said, “I can go get a gun and come back and take care of it all.” A patient attempted to comfort RN, but RN repeated the same statement. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patients in that it may have unnecessarily exposed the patients to emotional and/or psychological harm.
In response, RN states he failed to document the patient’s refusal of insulin. Furthermore, RN states he spoke without thinking and regrets his comments. Regarding the gun comment, RN relates there was an intravenous pump beeping in a patient’s room and RN said the noise made him want to shoot it.
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)&(1)(D) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B),(1)(C),(4)&(6)(C).
However, without valid evidence to defend his side of the story, the RN lost the case. Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a Texas BON attorney to help him with his case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined the RN’s license.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license 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 RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.