How to file a complaint with the state nursing board

Nurses play many important roles in labor and delivery; many families can remember an especially helpful or kind nurse who helped make a baby's entrance into the world a little easier. However, just as there are many dedicated and responsible nurses, there are also instances of nursing negligence that can harm an expecting mother or her baby. When a family has been affected by sub-standard nursing, is it possible to file a complaint against a nurse in Texas?

First, former patients and families should know that a Houston attorney can assist with holding nurses who have harmed patients accountable for their actions. In addition, the Texas Board of Nursing offers a way in which patients can submit a complaint against a specific nurse. An individual complaint form can be filled-out; the form is available online or it can be requested and mailed. A complaint may also be made via plain paper. If using the form, a description of the incident is requested as well as a listing of any witness accounts of the incident.

Typically, complaints submitted to the state board of nursing involve suspected violations of the Nursing Practice Act. These violations may include non-professional conduct, unnecessarily putting a patient in harm's way, not adequately caring for a patient, being impaired due to mental illness or chemical dependency and not conforming to the minimum standards set forth by the Texas code.

The Texas Board of Nursing keeps complaints confidential during the course of its investigation. If a nurse is disciplined, the nurse does not know the identity of the complainant. The one exception is if the complainant must testify. Since nursing errors can be extremely serious, such as failure to monitor patients who are pregnant or failure to treat infection, a malpractice attorney can be a valuable resource in the complaint process.

Source: Texas Board of Nursing, "Discipline & Complaints - How to File a Complaint," Accessed May 31, 2015

Categories: Nursing Negligence