Navigating Peer Pressure in Nursing: Protecting Your License

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Let's say, hypothetically, that a group of nurses—perhaps under intense pressure, perhaps due to prevailing workplace culture—makes a collective error.

Maybe they've fallen out of compliance with standards. Maybe they've broken a workplace rule.

Either way, what happens when you're caught? Were you at fault? Can you claim that you were peer-pressured into an unethical or rule-breaking action? And will you still lose your license?

If you believe that you're facing disciplinary action because of something a group did, contact the Lento Law Firm today at 888.535.3686 or fill out this brief form. Our team will help you advocate for your rights.

Is Peer Pressure a Good Defense in the Face of License-Related Discipline?

Maybe not—but, fortunately, you may still have good defenses available to you.

There are a couple of things to know here:

  1. Remember that your state's regulatory bodies, such as nursing boards and healthcare agencies, aren't really interested in blaming you for what you (allegedly) did. They're investigating the incident at hand to understand what happened to help ensure patient safety going forward.
  2. That said, defenses like “but everyone was doing it” won't necessarily remove your culpability for the incident. Professional responsibility is individual. Every nurse is expected to adhere to ethical guidelines and high-quality standards of care.
  3. However, this does not mean that the fact you were acting as part of a group when the incident occurred is irrelevant. Depending on the details of your case, your group action could paint a poignant picture of your workplace dynamics and the pressures you faced at the time.

As you're pulling together arguments to present your case sympathetically, you'll need to demonstrate that you understand the error in judgment that did occur. You'll also need to show that you're committed to upholding professional standards going forward and that you've taken steps to ensure that something similar doesn't happen again.

Doing all of this while you're stressed because of the accusations against you can be a lot to handle. That's why it's critical to avoid going through this type of situation alone.

Retain the Lento Law Firm Team Today to Protect Your Reputation

If you're in a situation where you believe you're facing disciplinary action because of something you did due to peer pressure or a group error, you may have options to pursue. The Lento Law Firm can help you pursue them.

We'll take the time necessary to learn about your specific case and provide actionable strategies for you to consider—and then we'll walk with you through your disciplinary experience to help you have the highest possible chance of achieving a successful outcome. Contact us today by calling 888.535.3686 or simply fill out this brief form to tell us more about your case.

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Joseph D. Lento

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