Protecting Your California Nursing License
As a practicing nurse, your license is critical to your career. Are you under investigation from the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)? Are you facing accusations or a hearing which could affect the status of your nursing license?
The Watkins Firm has served the San Diego and Southern California medical and healthcare industry for decades. Our administrative attorneys represent nurses before the California Board of Registered Nursing during investigations and disciplinary actions.
We invite you to contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 to share what has happened in a free, private and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys. We work with you to take appropriate action to mitigate areas of concern, document the facts and present your case in a clear, substantive and beneficial manner.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues
You may be surprised to learn that substance abuse and mental health issues are fairly common in California medical professions. Nurses are held to high standards and any abuse or addiction to alcohol and/or drugs or allegations of mental illness can result in disciplinary actions. You can face an investigation or disciplinary action even if there is no evidence that your work has been impaired.
If you are facing accusations or a BRN investigation involving substance abuse or mental illness, our experienced professional license defense lawyers have the experience and legal skill to help. We want to hear what is happening in your life and are here to help and protect you and your license.
California Board of Registered Nursing Complaint Investigations
The California Board of Registered Nursing investigates a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to:
- License application errors and allegations of fraud
- Medication errors
- Exceeding the scope of practice
- Gross negligence or incompetence
- Alcohol abuse, drug addition, chemical dependency impairments
- Mental health issues
- Sexual misconduct
- Patient neglect or abuse
- Unsafe nursing methods or practices
- Unprofessional conduct or historical actions/records which affect the ability to get a license
The Board of Registered Nursing usually begins an investigation by gathering information which often includes an interview as well as a request for an interview and specific information from the nurse.
The Watkins Firm will work with you to carefully manage these requests and prepare you for the process. We structure a response and provide sound counsel to help you through every step of the process. Ultimately the Board will either withdraw the accusation and close the matter, offer a stipulated settlement or consent agreement or proceed to the formal disciplinary process.
What are the Possible Outcomes in a Disciplinary Action?
The California Board of Registered Nursing is known to take a firm stance in disciplinary actions. Discipline can be quite severe if a nurse is found to have violated California’s Nursing Practice Act. The BRN has several potential options for discipline including:
- Withdrawal of the accusation
- Public reprimand
- Citation and or a fine
- Stipulated settlement
- License suspension
- License surrender
- License revocation
It is important to note that a license suspension, surrender or revocation will prevent you from being able to practice as a nurse until reinstatement.
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Contact a Proven California Nursing License Defense Lawyer
Are you searching for a proven San Diego nursing license defense lawyer and a firm who has represented the medical and healthcare industries for more than 30 years here in San Diego and Southern California?
We are here to help you. We will work together to develop a strategy to defend you against accusations, work through the peer review or hearing process and ultimately achieve the most positive outcome possible.
We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a free, private and confidential consultation.