Nurse’s License Suspended for Mismanaging 'Nurse Next Door' Franchise

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

The story of a nurse whose license was suspended for business practices she engaged in as the owner of a health services company is an example of how nurses' behavior in business ventures that are outside of their traditional nursing roles may subject them to discipline by their state boards.

Imelda Wright lost her nursing license because of how she operated a Nurse Next Door nursing services franchise. In addition to other offenses she committed, Wright hired unlicensed health care aides, did not ensure that all employee shifts were filled, billed for services and care that the business did not provide, and did not ensure that patient and business documentation followed applicable standards and procedures.

The nursing board found that Wright's “financial malfeasance” and her “failure to deliver safe, competent, and ethical care to vulnerable clients” amounted to serious misconduct, and suspended her nursing license.

State Nursing Boards Have Broad Power to Investigate and Discipline Nurses' Misconduct

State nursing boards exist to protect the public, and as such have broad powers to investigate nurses' misconduct and discipline them as needed.

Although specifics can vary from state to state, generally, state nursing boards will investigate allegations of misconduct that are related to the practice of nursing, involve the misuse of drugs, allege patient abuse, involve fraud, or allege the violation of patients' boundaries in the context of the nurse-patient relationship.

License suspension, revocation, and probation are some of the punishments state boards have the power to implement for nurses' misconduct.

State Boards of Nursing May Investigate Malfeasance Committed by Nurses in Their Business Ventures

Although the Wright matter occurred in Canada, nurses in the United States would likely suffer the same fate in similar circumstances. This is because state nursing boards have broad power to investigate and discipline nurses for “unprofessional conduct.” In addition, most state nursing boards prohibit the very behavior Wright engaged in as the owner of her business.

For example, Minnesota prohibits nurses from:

  • Delegating a nursing or health care function when one could reasonably expect that doing so will result in unsafe or ineffective patient care.
  • Engaging in any unethical conduct, including conduct that is likely to harm the public.
  • Demonstrating a careless disregard for patient safety, health, or welfare.
  • Engaging in abusive or fraudulent billing practices.
  • Improperly managing patient records.
  • Knowingly allowing an unlicensed person to engage in the practice of nursing.

In order to avoid scrutiny by their state boards, therefore, nurses should strive to ensure that their behavior at all times conforms to state professional standards.

The Lento Law Firm Can Help Nurses Who Face Discipline for Business Mismanagement

Joseph D. Lento and his knowledgeable Professional License Defense Team have years of experience successfully advising and defending nurses around the country in state board disciplinary actions. They can help protect the licenses and livelihoods of nurses who have been accused of engaging in misconduct in their business ventures. Contact the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686, or submit a confidential online consultation form.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento has unparalleled experience fighting for the futures of his professional clients nationwide. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment


Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are committed to answering your questions about Physician License Defense, Nursing License Defense, Pharmacist License Defense, Psychologist and Psychiatrist License Defense, Dental License Defense, Chiropractic License Defense, Real Estate License Defense, Professional Counseling License Defense, and Other Professional Licenses law issues nationwide.
The Lento Law Firm will gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.