What Does the Investigation Process Look Like for Nurses in California?


When a state licensing board issues an individual or business a professional license, the license usually comes with a list of rules that the individual or business must follow. California nursing licenses are issued and monitored by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians. If you are a nurse and are licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing or the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians, you are subject to professional discipline for what you do both on and off the job.

 If someone accuses you of misconduct with a patient or at work, you may be subject to investigation and potential sanctions. The sanctions can include losing your nursing license. If you receive an accusation of criminal conduct unrelated to nursing, such as drunk driving, you can face investigation and sanction on your nursing license. Nurses can receive sanctions whether or not their conduct directly relates to a patient or the medical profession. If you are facing an investigation related to your nursing license, then it is important to speak to an experienced nursing license defense attorney as soon as possible.


If you receive an accusation of professional misconduct or a criminal offense, it can impact your professional career even if it is not true. State licensing boards can and will investigate any criminal charges filed against you and complaints for violations of professional responsibilities or the Nurse Practices Act. A Board of Nursing investigation can affect your license, reputation, and future as a licensed nurse. 

When a complaint is filed with the Board of Nursing, you will be notified that a complaint has been alleged against you. The board will request a written response regarding your position on the allegations. This response can be instrumental in whether your case moves forward to the investigation phase. If the case needs investigation, the Board will appoint an investigator from the Department of Justice to investigate and report their findings. 

If the case does not end there, the licensee will be notified of a formal accusation and be given options to fight the allegations or resolve the matter through mutual agreement. If there is no resolution, the licensee will face a hearing to determine if he or she is responsible for the alleged violations.

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The S.J. Harris Law Office is proud to offer FREE 30-minute consultations to prospective clients. We understand that licensed nurses are professionals who require representation that values discretion and privacy. Anything discussed during a consultation will be protected by the attorney-client privilege. At S.J. Harris Law, we put our focus into preserving three things; your license, reputation, and future. Let our experience go to work for you today. Call us at (310) 361-8585 or contact us online for a 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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