As a member and president elect of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA.org), I have relationships with many nurse attorneys who practice before the various nursing boards throughout the country. In Indiana, where my office is located, the Board has filed very few cases against nurses so far and we had our first virtual hearing this week. Each state has taken a different approach on how to handle their cases against nurses. I did an informal survey and the answers were quite diverse.
Most states have found a way to function and continue filing complaints against nurses, having prehearing settlement conferences and hearings over the phone or virtually. However, many states are not lifting probation or suspensions during this time.
Not surprising, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington are postponing hearings until the fall.
I was hoping that the Boards would see how valuable nurses are during this time and take that into consideration, but I am not sure this is going to be the case. At least in Indiana, they seem to be taking the same position they have always taken. Hopefully, you are not expecting anything from the Board but just know things can be delayed.