Different Types of Nurses and the Effect on License Defense Cases

Nursing is a difficult but rewarding career. For this reason, training and licensing are required to ensure you provide patients with the highest quality care.

However, your nursing license may be at risk at some point in your career, whether due to criminal charges, malpractice claims, or other issues. The effect and outcome of a license defense case vary on several factors, including what type of nurse you are.

Registered Nurse (RN)

A registered nurse is often a doctor’s right-hand person. They work closely with physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide patients with quality care.

Nurses can also help perform treatments as directed by a doctor and ensure that a patient receives proper care.

To become a registered nurse in California, you must complete an RN program. These programs differ based on your goals and needs. Depending on your chosen school and program, you may get your Associate, Bachelor, or Master of Science degree in nursing.

After completing the RN program, you’ll apply for state licensure and take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Also referred to as licensed vocational nurses (LVN), these nurses perform basic medical tasks in various healthcare settings. They work under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians to support patients and assist with medical treatment.

There are several ways to become an LPN in California, but you must receive the proper training and take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

A certified nursing assistant (also commonly referred to as a CNA) works under the supervision of an RN or LPN. Becoming a CNA in California requires 60 hours of instruction and at least 100 hours of supervised training. To become certified, CNAs must pass a knowledge and skills test.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) are nurses dedicated to their field that have obtained advanced degrees. The four main types of APRNs include nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs).

The responsibilities of an APRN depend on their title and specialty, but generally, they can diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses and prescribe medication.

To become an APRN in California, you must first be an RN and then pursue a graduate degree. Upon graduation, you can take an exam. Exact requirements may vary based on the type of nursing career path.

Potential Outcomes of License Defense Cases

If you’re facing legal trouble that could interfere with your nursing license, you may be unsure of what that means for you.

Generally, if you’re in the midst of an investigation or a nursing license defense case, you do not need to stop working unless you’re specifically instructed to do so.

Depending on the outcome of your case, you could face the following:

  • Public reprimand
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Suspension or revocation of your nursing license

Regardless of potential outcomes, a license defense lawyer can represent your best interests and seek to reach the best possible result for your case.

Consult with a License Defense Lawyer Right Away

The license defense lawyer at S J Harris Law is ready to do everything necessary to protect your nursing license and your future. The sooner you contact our firm, the quicker we can help you resolve your case.

Contact us today to request your free consultation.

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When dealing with these complex issues, you need legal representation that has a long track record of success in these types of cases. Scott Harris and the rest of our team at S J Harris Law will be ready to help you pursue any option available that allows you to keep your license and continue working, no matter what industry you are in.


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