Nurses have one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. They selflessly care for the sick and injured, working long hours with few breaks or down time. The profession is made even more difficult when a nurse faces a Texas Board of Nursing (BON) disciplinary proceeding, which can threaten the nurse's license and livelihood.
You have the opportunity to defend yourself
As we have learned in our years of defending nurses, BON disciplinary proceedings can happen to anyone and for a variety of reasons. A nurse may face disciplinary action for alleged unprofessional conduct, failing to maintain patient records, drug or alcohol problems, drug diversion or failing to apply the proper standard of care.
The important thing to remember after receiving a letter from the BON is that the allegations are just that -- allegations. They do not mean that you have done anything wrong or that you are in trouble. However, the allegations do mean that you will need to work diligently to protect your license and your name.
More good news is that you do not need to embark on this fight alone. The lawyers of Rivas Goldstein LLP have decades of combined experience assisting nurses, physicians and other medical practitioners who were in the same situation you are facing. We know how to stand up for your rights and ensure that you get a chance to tell your side of the story.
What to expect in BON disciplinary proceedings
Depending on your specific situation, the BON disciplinary proceedings may take place in a formal hearing before the board or during informal settlement conferences. In either scenario, having an experienced lawyer on your side can make all of the difference.
Our attorneys prepare a strong license defense throughout the entire complaint process in effort to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. We conduct a thorough investigation and call on colleagues, patients and/or expert witnesses who can help strengthen the case. In the end, many of our clients are able to keep their licenses because of the solid defense we put forward.
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