Ensuring the safety and well-being of patients is a cornerstone of nursing practice, making any incident of harm or mistreatment a matter of utmost concern. In situations where nurses are confronted with allegations of inappropriate conduct or harm towards patients, a nurse attorney can offer crucial assistance. Nurse attorneys possess specialized knowledge in healthcare laws and regulations, enabling them to guide nurses through the legal complexities associated with patient mistreatment allegations.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Plano, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and seven (7) months.
On or about January 23, 2022, while employed as an RN at a healthcare facility in Plano, Texas, and assigned to provide nursing care to a pediatric patient, who had a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt in place, RN struck the patient twice on the head with a backpack while the patient was laying on the floor. Subsequently, when the patient started crying, RN sat down beside the patient and lifted the patient by his arms and sat him down roughly on his buttocks. RN’s conduct was likely to cause physical injury to the patient and could have interfered or disrupted this patient’s treatment.
Without asking for advice from a nurse attorney, RN responded to the above incident and stated that as she was carrying the patient from his room to the shop, the patient pulled her hair and scratched her neck which frustrated and angered her. RN admits to striking the patient in the head with her backpack twice. RN states she had a moment of weakness that had come about from frustration, anger, and pain, and she allowed herself to act in a manner that is out of character. RN states that she takes responsibility for her actions and has decided to take time off to seek therapeutic help.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(14) 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).
However, without valid evidence to defend her side of the story, the RN lost the case. Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a Texas nurse attorney to help her with her 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 17 years and represented over 500 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.