Rhode Island Nurse Surrenders License, Keeps Complaint Investigation Private

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

Disciplinary action against a licensed professional begins a record that will remain for years and may derail attempts at regaining standing with employers or seeking a license in another state. Yet, some states may provide extra privacy for licensees when complaints arise. If you're defending against action on your professional license, call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 or visit us online to schedule a consultation.  

Rhode Island Nurse Surrenders License to Practice  

Following an investigation into a complaint submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), a registered nurse has surrendered their license. RIDOH announced that the RN "'voluntarily' surrendered his license 'pending further proceedings in [the] matter...reserving the right to petition for reinstatement at a later date without making any admission and without prejudice of their legal rights.'" 

Despite the complaint receiving an ID number on the publicly available department database, RIDOH refuses to release any further information on the matter. The only facts available are that the nurse will "immediately cease and desist from practicing nursing" in Rhode Island or in any other state.   

Rhode Island Privacy Rules  

Licensed professionals are often public-facing employees working jobs that demand accountability. When licenses are granted, individuals are included on the state's database that will have their records public pertaining to the status of and any action taken against one's license, including disciplinary actions. However, Rhode Island protects the privacy of licensees throughout the complaint and investigation process

RIDOH spokesperson Joseph Wendelken asserts that the department will release information about the complaint when there is a final ruling. "We keep the complaint process confidential…so that people (patients, residents, and healthcare workers) can make complaints without fear of retribution," he said. 

Under Rhode Island law, complaint "records prior to formal notification of violations or noncompliance" are rendered non-public. It "protects from public disclosure '[a]ll investigatory records of public bodies...pertaining to possible violations of statute, rule, or regulation other than records of final actions taken.'" 

How Can the Lento Law Firm Help? 

Not all states keep licensee information confidential during investigations. Many times, the public may find information regarding a complaint against a registered nurse or any other licensed professional within days of state authorities being made aware of it. Your name and the details of allegations becoming public information can present a stressful situation for a nurse or others with such important careers. 

If you're fighting against allegations or defending yourself during the investigation process, the Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team can be an invaluable resource. Our attorneys will ensure you fully comprehend how each state licensing authority manages the complaint process, including any discipline that they may look to impose. 

It's essential to seek professional help before the investigation process begins. The Lento Law Firm can protect your rights during the process, including working to strategize for the best defense to keep your credentials intact. For professional assistance, call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 or visit us online to schedule a consultation.  

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