Misconduct has been a signature specialty of a nurse attorney when handling cases for some nurses. However, some nurses tend to forget this fact because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error.
On or about November 9, 2018, while employed as a Registered Nurse in a medical facility in Fort Worth, the RN placed an improper medical restraint on a patient by tapping the patient’s hands and feet to the patient’s bed rails. Additionally, the RN advised staff that she taped the patient’s hands and feet to the bed rails while drawing a specimen for the laboratory. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that the use of an improper restraint could result in the patient suffering from adverse reactions and/or physical, mental or emotional harm.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
During the hearing, the RN states she was taught early in her nursing career that she could secure a confused patient’s wrist with a wrap of two (2) inch silk tape, as this did not qualify as restraint, but rather was immobilizing a patient for a necessary procedure.
However, the RN failed to hire an effective nurse attorney to help her defend her side. As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.