Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a criminal nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that criminal nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
This is the story of an RN who has been disciplined when he was accused of drugging, then sexually assaulting a patient as she lay sleeping in her hospital bed.
The RN is accused of injecting diphenhydramine — an antihistamine sold under the brand name Benadryl — into the IV of a woman who had just undergone a hip replacement in March 2017.
The woman told police officers that the medication made her sleep and that she awoke three times to find the nurse penetrating her vagina with his fingers.
He has a history of sexual misconduct complaints, including from at least one other hospital, according to a police affidavit.
According to the complainant, the RN helped her into the emergency room and began providing care, including performing an EKG to monitor her heart rate.
But while placing leads on her chest, the nurse dragged his hands across her breasts, the woman said. It made the woman uncomfortable but she dismissed it as simple carelessness.
Throughout her stay, however, the nurse repeatedly entered her room to check on the leads, exposing and grazing her bare breasts each time he did, the woman said.
The woman told an investigator she had no doubt that the nurse was touching her for sexual gratification after a female nurse later had to replace her leads and neither exposed nor touched her breasts.
She said the RN also administered her medicine through her IV line to help with her pain, though she told him she didn’t want it and was only in some discomfort, not pain.
She said she immediately felt dizzy and had blurred vision. She said the nurse continued to touch her breasts, asking if she had any pain in that location, despite her telling him repeatedly that she did not.
The woman told police she did her best to stay conscious while the nurse was in the room but eventually closed her eyes due to the medicine’s side effects.
She said the nurse then touched her shoulder, prompting her to open her eyes, and told her he was “just checking to see if she had fallen asleep.”
When summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing, the RN denies the accusations. However, without the proper help from a good defense criminal nurse attorney, the RN lost the case and she was disciplined and suspended.
The RN was arrested in March 2017 and later pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault.
The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the RN and her license into 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.
For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced nurse attorneys in Texas, Attorney Yong J. An. He has assisted numerous nursing license cases since 2006. You may contact him by dialing (832)-428-5679 if you wish to learn more information should you undergo accusations or any other case that may affect your license.