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In the healthcare field, patient safety and well-being are paramount, and the relationship between a nurse and their patient is built on trust and the expectation of compassionate care. Nurses are entrusted with the vital responsibility of providing physical and emotional support to individuals in vulnerable states of health. Any deviation from these principles, such as the alleged incident described, raises serious concerns about the nurse’s conduct and the potential impact on the patient’s welfare. When confronted with allegations of this nature, it becomes imperative to seek professional legal guidance, and this is where a nurse attorney can play a crucial role. A nurse attorney can help the RNs understand the potential consequences of their actions, both in terms of their professional standing and any legal implications.

At the time of the incident, he was employed as an RN at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (1) month. 

On or about September 11, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, RN grabbed the back of the patient’s scrub top and pushed her into a wall with his arm. RN then briefly held the patient in-place as she laid over a chair that was next to her. Furthermore, the incident was recorded on video. RN’s conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered or disrupted this patient’s treatment. 

In response, RN states that the patient was yelling and communicating threats when he approached her and attempted to de-escalate the situation. RN relates the patient said she was going to assault RN and that she was angry with another patient. RN explains he thought the patient was going to sit down as she moved, but instead, she used her body to push him out of the way. RN then thought the patient was going to sit on him so he moved forward and raised his knee up to keep the patient from using her body to force RN down. RN states this unfortunately forced the patient off balance and she started to fall, so RN reached out and grabbed the back of her shirt and tried to stop her from falling. RN relates it happened very quickly and ended with the patient lying across a chair. RN states he kept his hand to the patient’s back and asked her if she was okay. RN relates he did not hold the patient down or prevent her free movement in any way.

The above actions constitute 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), (1)(D),(4),(6)(C)&(6)(F).

Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend his side, but the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help him with his case and without proper defense, the Texas Board of Nursing then decided to place his RN license under disciplinary action.

If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 500 nurse cases for the past 17 years. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.