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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 a vulnerable state 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, the 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 with or disrupted this patient’s treatment. 

In response to the above allegations, the RN stated that the patient was yelling and communicating threats when he approached her and attempted to de-escalate the situation. The patient said she was going to assault the RN and that she was angry with another patient. The RN thought the patient was going to sit down as she moved, but instead, she used her body to push him out of the way. The 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. This unfortunately forced the patient off balance and she started to fall, so the RN reached out and grabbed the back of her shirt and tried to stop her from falling. It happened very quickly and ended with the patient lying across a chair. He kept his hand on the patient’s back and asked her if she was okay. He did not hold the patient down or prevent her free movement in any way. These statements were deliberately provided by the RN without the advice of a Texas nurse attorney.

In accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(14) of the Texas Occupations Code, the above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action 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).

Following an incident, the Texas Board of Nursing requested the RN present his side of the story. Unfortunately, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to defend himself. As a result, the Board of Nursing decided to take disciplinary action against his RN license.

Don’t let allegations or disciplinary actions bring your career to a halt. Contact the law office of Yong J. An today and let us help you defend your nursing license and safeguard your future as a nurse. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those seasoned nurse attorneys who represented numerous nurse cases before the board since 2006.  

Feel free to contact us today if you need any assistance regarding any nursing license cases.