Being a nurse and seeing patients recover with such great results is very rewarding to nurses. However, some nurses tend to do their duties in an inappropriate manner. Poor nursing care can be a result of overworked, long working hours, stress, and many more which are common in nursing. But it should not be tolerated, as nurses are expected to give the proper care needed by the patients. Those nurses who neglect to do their duties properly are sanctioned by the Texas Board of Nursing. This case scenario for nurses should be dealt with properly with the help of a nurse attorney.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a facility in El Paso, Texas, and had been in that position for five (5) months.
On or about May 23, 2019, while practicing as an Advanced Practice Nurse, the RN used inappropriate language and gestures when examining a patient, in that after questioning the patient about her smoking habits, the RN stated he gave all his patients who smoke rectal exams and he gestured with two fingers upward while indicating he had two reasons why the patient needed to quit smoking.
In response, the RN admits that he did say that, “pretty much just that way.” The RN states the context of the complainant is she was complaining of URI symptoms with her UTI symptoms to which the RN states he suggested to the patient that her smoking is not helping to make the URI symptoms better. He states that discussing smoking and all its health detriments with her did not seem to improve her outlook on her smoking being adversely affecting her health, especially with all her comorbidities. The RN states he said those things lightheartedly and in a joking manner, that for it to be perceived as a real threat was ludicrous.
The RN was unable to provide any proper defense due to a lack of assistance from a nurse attorney. The lack of assistance caused the Texas Board of Nursing to place her RN license into disciplinary action to ensure that she will never cause such issues in the future. This is why it’s always better to seek the help of a nurse attorney in order to receive the best protection possible to further secure your career.
For more assistance regarding your case, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An by contacting him at (832)-428-5679. You can either ask for inquiries or immediately schedule a private consultation with him.