We are not the sum of our work; we are the sum of our entire lives. No nurse, doctor, or lawyer is simply that. We are all also husbands, wives, partners, fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, and anything else under the sun we choose to identify as. With this in mind, it is no wonder many nursing professionals worry about what will happen to their nursing license if they are criminally convicted or enjoined from some other behavior.
If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime by law enforcement or professional misconduct by the Board of Nursing in your state, the Lento Law Firm Professional Defense Team can help. Call today at 888-535-3686.
Restraining Orders Affect Nursing License
The effect a restraining order will have on your nursing license largely depends on the type of restraining order and the state making the decision. For instance, in New Jersey, a restraining order can impact your license in several ways, including having a Board of Nursing investigation opened up to see how the prohibited behavior may be affecting your work.
However, in Florida, the nursing license may only be suspended for a restraining order if the Board of Nursing believes that the actions that gave rise to the restraining order would violate their own rules. So if a victim was given a restraining order against a nurse after being sexually assaulted by the nurse, the Florida Board of Nursing could suspend or revoke the license because the nurse violated the prohibition against sexual misconduct.
Moreover, in Washington state, if the Board of Nursing finds out that a patient's family member took out a restraining order against one of their nurses because the nurse was caught physically abusing the patient, the Board can further punish the nurse by suspending their license.
How an Attorney Can Help
When nurses are accused of some behavior that would give rise to a restraining order and subsequently issued one, the Board of Nursing has every right to adjudicate the behavior themselves. This is why it is so important to work with an attorney from the moment you learn of the accusations against you. Not only can they help prepare you for the court case, but they will also help you navigate a defense for the Board of Nursing.
You have worked so hard to get where you are and deserve the chance to fight for both your freedom and your livelihood. The Lento Law Firm Professional Defense Team know how hard you have worked to get where you are and will work tirelessly to ensure you are not unnecessarily punished. Call 888-535-3686 today for help, or schedule a consultation online.