Being a nurse is a rewarding career in California. A nurse provides direct care at some of the most challenging times in the lives of their patients. And nurses often have closer contact with patients than do doctors, which can be rewarding and challenging
Being a nurse can also be stressful as you are governed by a state licensing board that requires compliance with strict rules.
If you violate a law related to nursing, you may be subject to disciplinary action. The California Board of Registered Nursing has the authority to discipline a registered nurse for a violation. There are a number of violations that the nursing board can discipline you for. These include:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Practicing nursing without a license
- Mental impairment that affects patient care
- Unprofessional conduct
- Failure to meet standard of care
- Criminal conviction
After an investigation by the board, they may choose to move forward with a formal charge or accusation. An administrative hearing may also take place in which an administrative law judge issues a decision. Although it is preferred to have the outcome of the board investigation be a dismissal or a withdrawn accusation, probation may be an option.
An attorney who has experience in professional license defense understands that their client’s livelihood is at stake. They can work with you to help achieve the best possible outcome for your case. This may include probation which is a minimum of 3 years and has 13 standard provisions. An attorney understands that everyone makes mistakes, and their job is to help nurses through all stages of the disciplinary process.