There are boundaries for nurses to keep every time they interact with patients but some nurses tend to violate such boundaries. And lots of nurses are accused of violating the nurse-patient relationships. If such accusations occur, it’s best to seek the help of a nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that a nurse attorney is always reliable for matters such as these.
At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a health facility in Temple, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) years and two (2) months.
On or about March 3, 2020, through June 1, 2020, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and assigned to provide skilled nursing to Patient CE, the said LVN violated the boundaries of the nurse-client relationship in that the LVN transported the patient in her private vehicle to her residence to care for the patient during her shift. Furthermore, the LVN failed to notify her employer of the arrangement. The failure of the LVN violated the professional boundaries of the nurse-client relationship and 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 response to the incidents, the LVN states that she cared for the patient in her home and that this was done with the permission and urging of the patient’s guardian who was concerned about exposure to COVID-19 and believed the patient would have more progress with physical therapy at the LVN’s home. It was mentioned by the LVN that each time she cared for the patient in her own home, she would pick him up from the guardian at the start of her shift and bring him back to the guardian at the end of her shift. In addition, the LVN followed the normal care plan and had all the necessary supplies and equipment with her. She states all care and services were performed as documented. The said LVN is aware this is not a typical home health organization arrangement and that she did not clear this with her employer.
However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself. Therefore, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her nursing license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case filed against you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.