Are you a nurse or healthcare provider
concerned about your license?
You have come to the right place. I am a registered nurse and an attorney and I have represented over 300 healthcare providers, including nurses, physicians, dentists and pharmacists, before the various licensing boards.
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Are you worried someone might file a complaint?
Have you received a letter from the Licensing Board or the Attorney General’s office?
Have you been called for a personal appearance before the Licensing Board?
How We Help You Renew Your Healthcare License. Nursing license defense
Are you struggling to interpret and truthfully answer questions on your license renewal application?
Whether you are a nurse, physician, dentist, pharmacist, podiatrist, dental hygienist or other healthcare provider and want to protect your license, you need to be proactive. The earlier you start working with an attorney experienced in license protection, the better. This will ensure that you create the best legal scenario so you can protect your license and your future career in healthcare.
Issues related to protecting your license can vary. Our job is to take you by the hand and help you through this stressful time as we look for the best possible outcome to your particular situation. Below you’ll see various scenarios that we can help you with – when your license appears at risk, when you’re worried about renewing your license and when you need professional legal representation at a Licensing Board hearing. Nursing license defense
As healthcare providers, we know that for many in healthcare our life is our profession. We really care about our patients and want to do the best job for them. Getting disciplined, or even losing a job is a blow to us both personally and professionally. Even though you might be reeling from the experience, you need to focus on how to make a graceful exit. How you exit this job will impact the future of your career.
Nursing Portfolio: Begin to gather and organize all relevant documents pertaining to your education, employment, certifications, and skills. Ideally, you started your portfolio before your graduation and will continue to add to it throughout your entire nursing career. It’s never too late to create a nursing portfolio; it’s evidence that you have followed all standards and have continued to obtain training over the years. Nursing license defense
State Board of Nursing: Become familiar with your state’s Board of Nursing (BON) website. You are responsible for knowing and understanding the BON requirements, so it’s wise to check the website every six months—put it on your calendar. The BON website will tell you: Healthcare providers legal concerns
Each year 7,000 nurses have some type of discipline placed on their license. My home State of Indiana has the highest number of nurses on probation. Other top contenders for that dubious title are Texas and Ohio. If you would like to see the discipline imposed in your State, check out the National Council of State Board of Nursing website (www.ncsbn.org) which captures all of the statistics on nurse license discipline.
If your license is placed on probation, the Board wants to watch you to ensure that you are safe to practice. There are some requirements such as keeping the Board apprised of your current address and phone number as well as reports from your supervisors. There may be other requirements such as having your employer sign the final order or having you take continuing education courses. There may even be fines. Some Boards restrict the type of environment in which you can practice or the shifts in which you can practice.
Some Board decisions may direct you to participate in counseling or in your State’s peer assistance program which helps those with addiction problems or who use controlled substances.
Remember, if any action is taken against your license, it will be a public record forever, even if the matter should eventually be dismissed.