Nurses undergo rigorous education, training and testing to secure their professional licenses. When standard of care issues raise red flags, disciplinary action can put your license and your livelihood in jeopardy. It is crucial to consult an experienced lawyer to help you defend your skills and protect your license.
S J Harris Law helps nurses throughout California fight allegations of gross negligence, incompetence and unprofessional conduct from our Los Angeles area office.
Standard Of Care Issues In Professional License Defense
Nurses are held to a standard of care that is dictated by nursing laws, regulations, policies, ethics and community standards. When patients are injured and allegations of unprofessional conduct, gross negligence or incompetence arise, or if a nurse is suspected of violating the Nursing Practice Act, he or she must answer to the California Board of Registered Nursing or other nursing board like the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians if he or she is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN).
Allegations of unprofessional conduct, gross negligence and incompetence can arise from all types of issues that can take place each and every day. They may include issues with medication administration, record keeping, or the failure to provide the level of care ordered and required under the circumstances.
Even good nurses make mistakes. At S J Harris Law, we believe everyone deserves a second chance. We fight to protect our clients’ nursing licenses, their professional reputations and their futures.
California attorney Scott J. Harris is a former Deputy Attorney General and licensing board prosecutor. Because Mr. Harris knows the evidence the California Board of Registered Nursing or Board of Vocational Nursing will evaluate when determining whether to take action against your license, he knows how to take proactive steps during the investigation, knows the steps necessary to try to resolve your case, and he is committed to fighting for you at an administrative hearing. His aim is to protect your license from being revoked, suspended or disciplined.
At S J Harris Law, we represent nurses during every stage of their disciplinary action. From the initial investigation and defense of the accusation through settlement or representation at an administrative hearing, to more advanced agency appeals and outside appeals to the superior court through writs of mandamus, we will fight for your license every step of the way.
S J Harris Law: Protecting Your License, Your Reputation And Your Future
Professional licensing agencies are not your friend and they are not looking out for your interests. They exist solely to police professionals and hold nurses accountable for any alleged misstep. If you are under investigation for a standard of care issue, or have been asked to appear before a disciplinary board, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
The biggest mistake nurses make is not consulting with an attorney when disciplinary issues arise. Many people believe that if they explain the situation to the board the problem will disappear. This is not always the case. In fact, the opposite is often true.
Don’t leave your future up to chance. Consult an experienced professional license defense attorney for help. Contact S J Harris Law today at 323-370-6139 for a free 30-minute consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the standard of care in nursing?
The standard of care in nursing is a guideline that provides foundations to how a nurse should act professionally, and off of their job. It gives you what you can and cannot do in a professional setting.
What happens if I violate the standard of care in nursing?
If a nurse fails to uphold the standard of care as stated by the Board, it could result in disciplinary actions such as license suspension or license revocation.
What does an investigation against my nursing license look like if I violated the standard of care?
A hospital, nursing care employer, patient, family member, coworker, employer, or member of the public may register a complaint with the BRN if a nurse violates certain practice guidelines. Evidence of rehabilitation, present ability to practice safely, severity and recency of infraction, mitigating factors, and previous disciplinary history will all be considered when decided the state of the license in question.