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In the nursing profession, the well-being and dignity of patients are paramount, and their rights to respectful and safe treatment must be always upheld. This includes the ethical and lawful treatment of individuals who require varying degrees of care and assistance. When allegations of improper patient restraint arise, the potential for harm, both physically and emotionally, becomes a matter of great concern. Acting as a bridge between the LVN, the healthcare facility, and any other involved parties, a nurse attorney can facilitate open and transparent communication while seeking resolutions that align with legal and ethical standards.

Incident Scenario: Allegedly Improper Restraint of a Patient

On or about May 18, 2021, while employed as an LVN at a healthcare facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, LVN improperly restrained a resident. More specifically, LVN moved the resident’s wheelchair up to a desk located by the nurses’ station and proceeded to place a large chart rack against the back of the wheelchair, then wedged a trashcan in between the chart rack and the medication room to prevent the resident from moving. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure the resident in that the use of an improper restraint could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions and/or physical, mental, or emotional harm. In response, LVN stated she did not restrain the resident. LVN states the allegation against her is false and a direct result of two employees with whom she had written grievances on more than one occasion.

The Texas Board of Nursing gave the LVN enough time to defend the complaints filed against her. However, there was a failure on the LVN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle her case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to place the LVN’s license under disciplinary action.

In need of a Texas Nurse Attorney?

Worry no more! Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse defense attorneys who helped represent more than 600 nurse cases over the past 18 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a free private consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.