Promoting a safe and therapeutic environment for patients is of utmost importance in healthcare settings, especially when dealing with individuals who may be agitated or distressed. Nurses play a vital role in deescalating tense situations and ensuring the well-being of their patients. However, there are instances when the approach taken by a nurse may raise concerns about their ability to handle such situations effectively and in accordance with professional standards. Such conduct may potentially compromise the patient’s emotional well-being and could raise questions about the nurse’s adherence to proper de-escalation techniques. When confronted with allegations related to therapeutic interventions, seeking the assistance of a nurse attorney can be crucial in navigating the legal complexities, safeguarding the nurse’s rights, and ensuring a fair and impartial evaluation of the matter.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Pearland, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) months.
On or about September 28, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Pearland, Texas, RN failed to intervene in a therapeutic manner to deescalate a patient who was agitated and acting out verbally. Instead, RN continued to verbally engage the patient, pointed her finger, and made physical contact with the hand of the patient. RN’s conduct was likely to cause emotional harm to the patient who was hospitalized for psychiatric care.
In response, RN states her conversation with Adult Protective Services (APS) indicated there was no evidence to substantiate the allegation. In addition, RN states she merely moved the patient’s hand out of her face to defend herself after numerous attempts at de-escalation and redirection failed.
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)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A), (1)(B),(4)&(6)(C).
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN’s license to disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled nurse attorney, had the RN hired one. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Always remember that anyone can file a complaint against an RN/LVN with the state board for any reason. When this happens, all complaints need to be taken seriously no matter how trivial or unfounded they may appear. A nurse attorney is someone who can help you defend your license when the state board summons you. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.