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Providing timely and appropriate medical care is necessary, particularly in critical situations such as those encountered in an emergency department. Nurses, as frontline healthcare providers, carry a significant responsibility to ensure individuals in need of medical attention receive prompt and necessary care. Any deviations from this responsibility can lead to serious consequences, both for the individual seeking care and for the nurse involved. When nurses find themselves in such situations, nurse defense attorneys can be an invaluable asset. Nurse defense attorneys are legal professionals who specialize in healthcare law and regulations, possessing the expertise needed to navigate complex legal matters within the healthcare field.

At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) months.

On or about September 4, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and assigned to the Emergency Department, the RN failed to administer treatment to an individual in that he refused to allow Emergency Medical Services to drop off a patient at the ambulance bay of the facility. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the individual in that failure to administer care could have resulted in the individual not receiving the care they needed.

In response, the RN stated he turned the individual away because the individual had a Criminal Trespass Warning from the police for the facility based on previous incidents at the facility. RN stated the individual had been physically and verbally abusive towards staff and other patients in the recent past, so he felt he was protecting the staff and other patients by turning the individual away. RN stated he completed training on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) after this incident. When facing a circumstance such as this, it is advisable to seek guidance and assistance from a nurse defense attorney.

According to the Texas Occupations Code, the above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action and are a violation of the Texas Administrative Code.  Further to the board’s investigation, the RN lost the case as he was not able to prove his innocence from the allegations. The Texas Board of Nursing then placed his RN license under disciplinary action.

If you find yourself facing legal cases related to nursing, it is highly recommended to seek the help of a qualified nurse attorney. A skilled nurse attorney who has experience handling various nursing cases can provide you with the best possible assistance and increase the chances of favorable outcomes.  Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832) 428-5679 for a private consultation or for more inquiries.