Maintaining the integrity of the nurse-client relationship is not only ethically imperative in healthcare but also crucial for patient well-being. However, the incident involving an RN’s inappropriate act of providing her personal telephone number to a patient expressing distress about her newborn raises serious concerns about the professionalism and potential harm to the patient. In situations where RNs face allegations of violating these boundaries, a nurse attorney becomes a vital source of support.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Austin, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) months.
On or about November 19, 2022, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Austin, Texas, RN violated the boundaries of the nurse/client relationship in that she inappropriately gave her personal telephone number to patient A, who expressed that she did not want her newborn child, Patient B. RN’s conduct violated the professional boundaries of the nurse-client relationship and was likely to injure the patient in that it could have resulted in confusion between the needs of the nurse and those of the patient. In addition, RN’s conduct may have caused delayed distress for the patient, which may not be recognized or felt by the patient until harmful consequences occur.
In response to the above incident, without asking for advice from an experienced nurse attorney, RN deliberately explains that the patient delivered a baby in an ambulance and was brought to the hospital where they did not have a Labor and Delivery floor, a newborn nursery or pediatric area. RN states that the patient was upset after delivery of the baby, expressed that she did not know she was pregnant and did not want the baby. RN states that when the patient asked what she should do, RN informed the patient that there were many options, and she would ask the charge nurse for resources. RN states that the charge nurse told her that they had no resources, and the patient could wait to transfer to another hospital to deal with it. RN states that she did not feel like her supervisor was taking the situation seriously, and RN remained concerned that the patient could cause harm to the baby due to her stress and mental instability. RN states that as the patient prepared to leave the hospital, the patient asked her for her contact information so that she could ask questions later. RN states that she gave her phone number to the patient as she did not want the patient to feel alone and as though no one cared about her.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13) Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A)&(1)(J) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A), (4) &(6)(D).
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.