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We all expect nurses to bring the best quality of care to us, patients. And we sometimes complain if our expectations are not met. These complaints and accusations can cause them big time. It can cause their license to get suspended or get revoked. A Nurse can face a lot of accusations, allegation cases, or complaints cases and they will face the Texas Board of Nursing to formally follow procedures. But if a nurse is experiencing such circumstances, a nurse attorney can be their defense and can assist them in dealing with the cases they are facing.

At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Fort Hood, Texas, and had been in that position for four (4) months.

On or about August 13, 2018, the RN twice patted the hand of a pediatric patient. The RN’s conduct unnecessarily exposed the patient to a risk of harm from injury.

In response to the incident, the RN states that this was a new patient assignment, and she was warned to not wear earrings, necklaces, jewelry, and to pull her hair back, as well as have nothing in her pockets and no shoelaces. The RN states that when she first met the patient with the child’s mother, the child grabbed her braid in a strong twisting grip, and the child’s mother pulled her away and spanked her hands. The RN states that the mother told her that if she grabs your hair, to hit her hands because she understands that means “no.” The RN adds that she had never been placed in a situation like that with a pediatric patient. The RN states that when caring for the patient that day and feeding her dinner, the child grabbed her hair again with a forceful grip, which was excruciating because the RN has previously had brain surgery. The RN states she reacted and twice patted the child’s hands and mentioned to her that she cannot do that. She states that the patient then began to vigorously swing back and forth thumping the back of her head, and the RN had to cushion her head with her hand to prevent injury. The RN then remembered the child’s mother said she liked to watch videos while eating, which helped the child calm down and finish her dinner. The RN states that her reaction was a defense mechanism, due to the pain she was in, and she did not intend to harm the patient or anyone else. The RN adds that she had no experience or training with autistic pediatric patients and is very sorry for what happened.

After the incident, formal charges were filed against the RN. In conclusion, the information received has produced evidence against the RN. The Texas Board of Nursing has subjected the RN to take disciplinary action and has been put on suspension.

The decision of the Board can result differently if only the RN had hired someone who can defend him. And that someone is a nurse attorney who has many years of experience handling nurse cases.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of RN License Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.