The Minnesota Board of Nursing regulates all of the nurses within the state of Minnesota, which means they also hold the power to discipline nurses for any violations that they may commit why they are practicing. The violations are based on the rules and regulations that have been adopted by the board. If a nurse is believed to have violated these adopted rules and regulations, then the board may choose to discipline them after the accusations have been heard by the board.
If you are a nurse who has been accused of some kind of violation that has led to an investigation by the board, you need to call a Minnesota nursing license defense attorney as soon as possible. You will receive the guidance that you need throughout the entire process so you can receive the best possible outcome.
Knowledge Of The Disciplinary Process
We are knowledgeable of the disciplinary process, so we are able to tell you what to expect next, which will help you understand how it can be handled. After the board receives a letter stating the complaint, an investigation takes place. When this happens, you need to seek counsel immediately. We can often help our clients in providing information to the board to end a complaint in its initial stages before you need to go through a conference and possible disciplinary action. However if the Board elects to continue investigating, we have extensive experience in getting our clients the best outcome possible. We assist clients during the review of the accusations, formal charges being brought, case proceedings being conducted, and motions for appeal if the disciplinary action is not what they feel is appropriate. We will give you advice and representation during a hearing for temporary suspension, probation, or another type of disciplinary action. If you still do not agree with the board’s conclusion, we can help you appeal the decision to the District Court.
There are certain stages in the investigation process of a Board of Nursing disciplinary case. Those stages are:
The board receives the initial complaint letter
Informal Settlement Conference
Agreed Order Negotiations
Formal charges are brought upon the nurse
Motions for appeals or rehearing
Hearing for temporary suspension
Probation or other disciplinary action
Appeals of board actions in District Court
The process is a stressful one, so the last thing that you want is to be faced with the early end of your career under circumstances other than retirement. The moment you receive the letter of investigation, you need to speak with your Minnesota nursing license defense lawyer. This will help you bring the facts before the board so you have a better chance of retaining your license.
Experience In All Types Of Complaints
Complaints come from many places, such as co-workers, patients, the families of patients, law enforcement, criminal prosecutors, and even former employers. The accusations can include claims of practice violations, negative peer reviews, paperwork errors, mental instability, criminal arrests, convictions, and drug use. The list can go on and on.
When these complaints are made, the investigation can continue toward disciplinary action or the information that is found can show that no such violation occurred. Do not wait for the investigation to stop in its tracks. Instead, have your attorney ready because you may be asked questions that you should not be asked without an attorney present.
Contact A Minnesota Nursing License Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of an act that has caused your nursing license to be threatened, you deserve the opportunity to defend yourself with the help of a qualified professional license defense attorney. Fabian Hoffner has extensive experience defending individuals just like you against accusations of wrongdoing, resulting in the retention of the license. To learn more about how we can help you, call 612-206-3777 for a free consultation.
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