Reasons Why A Nurse May Be Investigated
When a state licensing board issues an individual or business a professional license to operate, the license typically comes with a list of requirements relating to professional standards and conduct. To become a nurse in California, you must be licensed by the State Board of Nursing. If the State Board of Nursing issues you a nursing license, you are subject to professional license discipline for actions both on and off the job.
If you are accused of committing some sort of professional misconduct dealing with a patient or your workplace, then you may be subject to license sanctions, including suspension and revocation of your license. If you are accused of unrelated criminal conduct, such as a DUI, then you also face the potential of severe license sanctions as well even though a DUI has nothing to do with your conduct on the job.
Common Misconceptions About Nursing Investigations
When people are faced with dealing with an authority figure, such as the police, they often think that being open and honest is the easiest and best policy. In a perfect world, that may be so, but we do not live in a perfect world. The Board of Nursing investigates complaints against nurses much in the same way that police investigate criminal conduct allegations. The advice on remaining silent with the police also applies to any investigation by any professional licensing board. If you are asked any questions relating to any alleged misconduct, you need to speak to an attorney before answering anything. One single misconstrued answer or statement from you can be what causes you to face discipline for something that you did not even do. Unfortunately, many nurses believe that hospitals will help defend them and are insured against issues like these. This is also a misconception as nurses are expected to provide their own liability insurance to protect themselves if they face potential sanctions against their nursing licenses. In many cases, your legal defense can be paid for by a professional liability policy.
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