If you are an RN, NP, CRNA, or CNM and have a complaint filed against you with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), your license – and your livelihood – is on the line. The complaint might be filed by a patient, a neighbor, a coworker, or even your employer. Indeed, the complaint can be filed completely anonymously. The result could be devastating, including a nursing license suspension or revocation. Imagine what your life would look like if you could no longer work in your profession. That’s why, if you have had a complaint filed against you with the BRN, you need a nursing license lawyer by your side.
Board of Registered Nursing Complaints
The nature of BRN complaints varies from person to person, but could include one or more of the following:
- Substance abuse
- Mental illness
- Fraud in your licensing application
- Engaging in unlicensed activity
- Criminal conviction
Board of Registered Nursing Process
Once the BRN receives a complaint about you, they will review it to see if the allegation is within their purview. If so, they refer the complaint out for investigation. During that process, the investigator gathers evidence – including a statement from you – and then forwards the evidence to a reviewer. It is critical that you have a nursing license attorney who can help you craft your statement. That piece of writing can mean the difference between retaining your license and having your nursing license revoked.
After the review, your case may be closed or the BRN may file charges against you. They forward your case to the Attorney General’s Office, which takes it from there. A hearing will be scheduled with an Administrative Law Judge. At this point, your nursing license defense needs to be rock solid. Your nursing board lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea agreement prior to the hearing. If your hearing proceeds, the judge will draft a decision that is forwarded to the BRN for review. Typically, the Board adopts the judge’s decision and doles out the penalties.
When your nursing license is in jeopardy, you need the help of a skillful nursing board attorney. The lawyers at Silver Law Firm are committed to helping nurses retain their licenses, and will go to the mat in your defense. Call us today at 510-995-0000 for a free, no obligation consultation.