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Being rude and having disruptive behavior as a nurse in giving care to patients is a big “No”. Disrespect is not a good thing for a patient’s safety and complaints about your behavior can raise the attention of the Board. This could put you in a tight situation. But if you are facing complaints due to such a case, you need a nurse attorney for the defense.

At the time of the initial incident, the RN was employed at a hospital in Dallas, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) months.

On or about October 16, 2018, the RN was assigned to provide nursing services/patient care for the patient. The RN violated patient confidentiality by making a FaceTime video call to an unauthorized individual, while on duty in the patient’s home, and letting that individual see the patient, the patient’s bedroom, and the patient’s medical equipment. The RN’s conduct deprived the patient of his dignity and was contrary to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

And on or about October 22, 2018, the RN verbally and emotionally abused the patient by stating, “I swear you vomit on this bed after I just f****** changed it. I kill your a**… you f****** piece of s***.” The RN’s conduct created an unsafe environment and unnecessarily exposed the patient to a risk of harm and/or abuse.

In response to the incident, the RN states he does not recall making any Facetime videos with his wife but states if he did, he is sorry. The RN further states he is deeply sorry and regrets all the ugly things he said. And also states that he was angry and frustrated about some personal life choices and lost himself at that moment. Therefore, as a result of the RN’s misconduct, the Board had to take disciplinary action against the RN. The sanction given to the RN was causing pursuant to Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code.

The RN should have consulted a nurse attorney for help and assistance when dealing with such kind of case. It is the better way to have your case solve and end it with a positive outcome.

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