Personal, Experienced Nursing license Defense in California
Nursing is one of the most vital professions in today’s healthcare field. As a Registered Nurse in California, you are on the front lines in the fight to battle threatening diseases such as Covid-19 and also in providing healthcare to your other patients day in and day out. You are often exposed to extremely stressful situations which can even endanger your own health and wellbeing, not to mention that of your patients whose lives and healthcare are entrusted to you.
Therefore, when you are facing any sort of potential or actual investigation or formal disciplinary process from the California Board of Registered Nursing, you deserve the highest quality legal assistance to help guide you through what can be an intimidating and confusing bureaucratic process. Our attorneys at Brown and Brown have over 80 years in combined experience in dealing with all California State Boards, Bureaus and Agencies, and are very proud of their focus and experience in representing registered nurses in California. Our managing attorney, Adam B. Brown, is proud and grateful to have handled well over a thousand California Board of Registered Nursing cases to completion over the last 15 years.
Your nursing license is critical to your continued ability to earn a living and to provide the excellent healthcare your patients deserve. A revocation or potential revocation can spell the end of your nursing career with many times a poor chance of resuming it in the future. This is why it is extremely important that you work with highly experienced attorneys who have years of experience in protecting California nurses like you and who can help defend you no matter what the allegations are against you and your license.
Whether you face disciplinary action for alleged misconduct, gross negligence, unprofessional conduct, or are dealing with the fallout from a recent arrest or criminal conviction of any kind, you are understandably worried about the potential effects of those actions on your nursing license. In these situations, it is imperative that you retain an attorney that can explain your rights and options and who has seen nurses in this situation countless times before and who has dealt with the Board of Registered Nursing bureaucracy and attorneys over and over. As California’s preeminent law firm for healthcare professionals, the Law Offices of Brown and Brown is uniquely situated to help you obtain the best possible result before the Board of Registered Nursing based on their extensive experience in handling countless Nursing Board cases involving all types of allegations imaginable.
Due to the seriousness and severity of a California Board of Registered Nursing “Accusation,” which is the term for the formal effort of the Board to seek revocation of your license, you must respond to that Accusation in a statutorily required time frame or risk the possibility of what is called a “default judgment” against you. This means that you may have your license revoked without your ability to defend yourself based on not responding to the Accusation you will receive by mail and certified mail in a timely fashion. This is obviously an unfavorable result and one we have been able to reverse for many of our registered nursing clients, but this effort to reverse such a default must be made a soon as possible. There is a great deal of discretion that the Board has to set aside such a default revocation, and you should not delay in contacting our attorneys immediately if you find yourself in such a situation.
We can assist you with legal advice and analysis of your situation, whether your matter involves only potential investigation or exposure that you are concerned about or a work related incident or concern, a potential patient care issue, whether or not you have received counseling from your employer, or the ramifications of a recent criminal charge and/or conviction with respect to your nursing license. We can sort through the issues in your case quickly and determine the best strategy to protect you and your license so that you may continue in your chosen profession as a nurse.
Licensed Vocational Nurse cases are also handled very often by our attorneys, as are Certified Nurse Assistant cases, and we welcome your call if you have such a license and are concerned about protecting it.
Don’t Delay - Get the License Defense Help You Need
Its understandable that speaking with a nurse defense lawyer about your legal needs may seem overwhelming. Few things are more daunting, however, than facing disciplinary action (including possible loss of your nursing license) because of allegations of misconduct or as a result of a criminal conviction. Licensing issues can be complicated, and each situation is, of course, unique and requires careful investigation, analysis and consideration to ensure the best possible outcome for you. What we can tell you from many years of experience is that attempting to represent yourself before the California Board of Registered Nursing can often result in revocation or a similarly adverse outcome. We are constantly contacted by clients that wish they had retained us earlier in their cases, and completely sympathize with them.
We are proud of our successful defense of countless registered nurses in California who may be facing Accusations or other potential discipline against their licensees due to arrest, conviction, or allegations of:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Domestic Violence
- False answers on applications
- Drug Use/Drug Diversion/Pxyis/Omnicell/ADC Machines
- Other felonies and/or misdemeanors of all types
From the moment you retain our license defense attorneys, we begin preparing a vigorous and aggressive defense to the allegations against you, with the ultimate goal of retaining your license and ability to continue practicing nursing. There are many ways and strategies to do this and our vast experience is the key to our ability to obtain so many favorable results for our clients. We are here for you from the beginning of your case until the end, and pride ourselves on excellent communication, including immediate return of client phone calls and emails.
Legal Representation for Substance Abuse
Many cases involving a nurse loosing his/her license due to substance abuse, such as being arrested for a DUI, diverting medications at work, appearing or being intoxicated at work, or many other ways in which a substance abuse problem may come to light. At Brown and Brown, our job is to aggressively fight to keep your license and to ascertain an aggressive yet effective defense strategy so that you may successfully do so.
Before you agree to any possible settlement or resolution of your case with the California Board of Registered Nursing, it is extremely important that you have experienced legal counsel to assist you in this process. There are many terms and conditions of a possible settlement with the Board which are negotiable, and the only way to understand all of those possibilities is to have highly experienced legal counsel who has successfully negotiated many settlements before the Board, which the attorneys at Brown and Brown are proud to have. We can find all possible areas for negotiation in a settlement with the Board for you, and aggressively work to improve them, often saving clients thousands of dollars in the process.
Criminal Charges, Including Theft or Domestic Violence
We often represent nurses who are facing a license application denial or a suspension/revocation of their license because they allegedly failed to disclose a prior criminal charge or conviction. This can become a serious problem, but it does not mean that it is not defensible. Our highly experienced attorneys have seen this situation countless times and have successfully navigated a resolution which allows our client to keep their license and continue to practice nursing. If a license application has been denied, the Board will file what is called a “Statement of Issues” which is a formal denial of that application, and our attorneys are proud of their highly successful track record of appeal of R.N., C.N.A. and L.V.N. denials. Do not handle such a matter on your own, as it is highly complex and intricate, but give our attorneys at Brown and Brown a call today for a free consultation. We are happy to speak with you as we highly value the work that you do and the lives that you save. We are proud to represent nurses in California statewide and look forward to aggressively helping you keep your license.
Failed Drug Test Defense
In the event you fail a drug test, you will need legal representation to protect your license. A failed drug test can be for a number of reasons, but is often due to diversion of pain medications, use of marijuana, alcohol or other substances. It is not uncommon for nurses who fail a drug test to then receive a formal disciplinary action from the Board, or possibly a preliminary investigation by a Board Inspector.
Even if you suspect you may face an investigation, you have experienced a failed drug test or even suspect that you may be tested, contact our attorneys to advise you in navigating this highly complex situation which can have a drastic effect upon not only your employment, but the future of your nursing license. Failing an employer required drug test should be taken very seriously and our attorneys immediately take over communication between you and your employer in such a situation, thereby insulating you from inadvertently saying or doing anything which may harm your employment or your license. Under certain conditions, your nursing license may be suspended almost immediately through what is called an “Interim Suspension Order,” and this type of action by the Board, though rare, must be aggressively defended and appealed immediately. Our attorneys have handled many of these cases as well, and we welcome your call so that we may provide you with a free initial conference to discuss your options.
California Nursing License Defense
There are may types of nurses, and each type comes with its own set of rules and regulations which must be adhered to. Rest assured, if you are a nurse of any type in California, we can help you successfully defend your license. We help:
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Vocational Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurse Practitioners-furnishing
- Public Health Nurses
- Certified Nurse Assistants
- Other healthcare licenses of all types
- Non-healthcare licenses, as well
Decades of Professional License Defense Experience in California
Our nurse defense attorneys draw on more than six decades of administrative law experience and an unparalleled understanding of the bureaucratic process to give our clients a fair chance under even the most unfavorable circumstances.