Mental health for nurses is very important as you will encounter a lot of stress at work. Having mental health disorder may affect your job as a nurse and may bring harm to your patient. Nurses should be physically and mentally ready before engaging or before they start their duties and role as a nurse who providing nursing care to people. Such a problem will raise the Texas Board of Nursing’s attention and you will be summoned and questioned whether you are a fit or not to practice nursing. But before facing the Board, you need a nurse attorney to help you with such an issue.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Plano, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) years and seven (7) months.
On or about February 14, 2017, the RN lacked the fitness to practice nursing; in that, she informed her employer she was diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In response, the RN states she was diagnosed with a ‘mental health disorder and completed treatment at a rehabilitation facility. The RN states she has been cleared to return to work. The RN’s conduct as described in the above incident was reportable under the provisions of Sections 301.401-301.419, Texas Occupations Code, and resulted from or was- significantly influenced by the RN’s mental disorder.
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.