Complaints about patient abuse or assault towards a patient may put your license at risk. Issues such as this may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire a nurse attorney for the case. There are some RNs and LVNs who missed their chances to get their license saved from disciplinary action, suspension, or revocation just because they were unable to hire any nurse attorney to defend them.
At the time of the incident, an LVN was employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at a hospital in Pearland, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) months.
The incident happened on or about March 12, 2018, while utilizing a Privilege to Practice (PTP) nursing from the State of Texas and employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the LVN chased the patient to his room after the patient threw a liquid substance, used racial slurs and derogatory language towards staff; and threatened to kill staffs’ family members. Furthermore, the LVN punched the patient and facility security had to intervene. Subsequently, facility staff noticed bruising on the patient’s face. The LVN’s conduct was likely to cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm to the patient and could have interfered with or disrupted this patient’s treatment.
In regards to this matter, the LVN states that the patient threw a liquid substance on him, at which point the LVN turned around to restrain the patient, but the patient took off running, the LVN ran after the patient, grabbed him, and they both fell into a room. The LVN subsequently noticed a small laceration on the right side of the patient’s face. The LVN relates he did not punch the patient.
The Texas Board of Nursing conducted an investigation regarding the incident and the evidence clearly shows that the LVN is guilty of the violation as the LVN was likely to harm the patient. The LVN nursing license is subjected to disciplinary actions and may receive further sanctions. But the LVN failed to secure her defense against the case as she did not hire a nurse attorney to take care of the matter that the LVN is facing.
If you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An, for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 200 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs over the past 16 years.