Nursing License

As an Ohio registered nurse (RN), advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN), you have made a significant investment to develop your skills and obtain a professional nursing license. If the Ohio Board of Nursing contacts you because a complaint was filed against you, get in touch with an attorney who has experience defending nurses in professional licensing matters. At Jones Law Group, we help nurses facing disciplinary action secure and defend their professional licenses so that they can continue to practice in Ohio.   

 

Is Your Ohio Nursing License in Jeopardy?

Most nurses only think about the Ohio Board of Nursing when they are obtaining or renewing their licenses. In addition to licensing nurses, however, the Ohio Board of Nursing also suspends and revokes licenses. Even if the board chooses not to revoke a nurse’s license, they could impose restrictions on it that adversely affect the nurse’s ability to obtain and maintain employment. Complaints may be filed against nurses for a number of different reasons, including the following: 

  • Criminal convictions
  • Substance abuse
  • Gross negligence
  • Incompetence
  • Lying and falsification of nursing license application
  • Malpractice lawsuits and judgments
  • Fraud or theft
  • Sexual misconduct 

Not only does a complaint filed against nurse have financial consequences, it can also impact a nurse’s ability to practice his or her profession. Administrative license penalties include administrative fines, mentoring and observation, license restriction on practice, and license revocation. That’s why it’s important to take proactive steps to protect your nursing license. An attorney can help you respond appropriately to an investigation inquiry and prepare a defense as soon as you learn that you are the subject of a complaint or accusation. 

 

Why Consult an Attorney?

The Ohio Board of Nursing may gather facts about your case, interview you, and ask you to provide a statement before deciding whether to close the matter or move onto the formal disciplinary process. In some cases, nurses have engaged in no misconduct but are the target of unjust complaints. In other cases, nurses are struggling with chemical dependency or mental health issues or have simply made a mistake in their personal or professional lives. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our attorneys may do any of the following to build your defense: 

  • Interview witnesses and prepare investigative reports
  • Assist you in assembling letters of support from colleagues and families
  • Assist you in locating professionals for substance abuse or mental health evaluations and treatment
  • Work with experts who can evaluate standard of care issues

We will submit a detailed analysis of the allegations against you to the Ohio Board of Nursing along with evidence that the discipline is unwarranted or that no misconduct occurred. Our attorneys will help you determine the best course of action, and if necessary, represent you at an administrative hearing. 

 

Get Help Defending Your Nursing License in Ohio

Just as nurses shouldn’t represent themselves in a malpractice lawsuit, they shouldn’t defend themselves before the Ohio Board of Nursing. Nurses who are represented by an attorney in licensing matters have a far greater chance of obtaining a positive outcome. If you’re facing allegations of misconduct before the Ohio Board of Nursing, contact Jones Law Group for knowledgeable and effective representation. Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with our team. 

 


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