How Important Is Your Nursing License?

MAY 17, 2016

Your nursing license is your livelihood. It may be the biggest asset you have - even more than your house - because your nursing license it going to carry you through your career. It is the means by which you support yourself, your family, and achieve the other goals you have in life. You need to protect it. And you need sound advice to make sure that you keep your nursing license without disciplinary action.

Many nurses face licensing board actions that are brought on by your employers, or complaints by patients other employees. These cases are serious cases. Allegations like these and of drug discrepancies could potentially result in a license disciplinary action or worse, a potential criminal action. You need to be cautious in those situations.

It is important to seek sound legal advice regarding how to deal with these situations. Any time a nurse is fired from employment in the state of Georgia, there's a requirement for them to report to the Georgia Board of Nursing. The Georgia Board of Nursing takes these reports extremely seriously. Reports of drug diversion are very, very serious as well. These reports are reviewed by the board and often sent for criminal prosecution.

At Frances Cullen P.C., we are familiar with how the board processes these types of cases. Cases generally begin with a complaint then go to investigation. It sometimes calls for investigative interviews and very often results in disciplinary action. If you are charged with a drug-related offense or a drug discrepancy, you may face the possibility of being sent for an evaluation and/or your case could be sent for potential criminal prosecution. You need action quickly to forego all these types of negative outcomes. It may be that this is an honest mistake, and if that is the case, then you need intervention quickly to stall what could come next. Often, nurses and other healthcare professionals are sent for treatment or evaluation that may or may not be appropriate due to the circumstances. It's all a matter of proof and evidence. We are well qualified to fully evaluate your case and provide you with good sound advice as to how to deal with these issues and best protect your license and your livelihood.

At Frances Cullen P.C., we have represented hundreds of nurses and defended their licenses. We have represented nurses with cases regarding their applications; cases regarding alleged drug discrepancies; cases regarding patient complaints; and issues regarding their authority as an advanced practitioner.

We've also represented numerous allegations regarding impairment. With regard to impairment - if there's an allegation that you have an impairment issue, we know how to find resources that define the problem and then we will walk you through the process of dealing with the Board of Nursing to get you the best result possible. If you have a legitimate defense to some kind of alleged drug diversion issue, we will do our best to defend your license. We are so familiar with the different resources available and how to review these cases, and defend you against these cases. We can give you sound advice as to how to reach the best outcome for those kinds of allegations and protect you for your continued employment.

At Frances Cullen P.C., we know how to handle these cases.