Learning that you are the subject of an investigation from the Texas nursing board can be a frightening experience, but knowing what to expect, and how to best approach the situation can help to ease your stress and worry. The following information can provide you with the knowledge and power you need to navigate an investigation effectively and help you better understand the investigation process. In turn, this can help you to protect your nursing license.
The Investigation Process
Generally, nurses are given notice that they have received a complaint, but if the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) determines that such notification would jeopardize the investigation, you may not know that an investigation is taking place until it has actually begun. Either way, it is critical that you contact a skilled nursing license defense attorney the moment you realize that you are under investigation. This ensures that contact with the Board is handled by a legal professional that is skilled in the legal process, and it increases your chances at a favorable outcome in your case.
The Texas Board of Nursing, who handles the complaint investigation process, will give you time to provide an initial response to the allegations against you. Your attorney can help you craft a professional response and ensure you meet the deadline. In the following days or weeks, a request for more information will be made. Again, your attorney can help you in submitting this information while ensuring, at every turn, that your best interest is protected. Furthermore, your attorney will handle calls from the Board and attempt to head off possible drop-in visits at your place of employment. In short, your attorney will protect you in every way possible, minimizing the intrusion in your day-to-day life, and the stress that can ultimately result.
When Investigation Processes Are Taken Further
If the Board finds enough information and evidence to take further action against you, an Order of the Board will be made, and you may be referred for an Informal Settlement Process. Depending on the outcome, your license could be suspended or revoked. Alternatively, you may receive a warning, reprimand, or probation. If you have received notification of this process and have not contacted an attorney by this time, then it is absolutely imperative that you do so now, and without any further hesitation. It may be possible to gather evidence that shows you did not violate the Nursing Practicing Act, but even in circumstances where this is not possible, an attorney can still ensure that your rights are protected, work to mitigate any potential consequences.
Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, has more than 20 years of medical-legal experience. Knowledgeable and highly skilled in the investigation and disciplinary process of the Texas Board of Nursing, he can protect your rights, and your best interest, every step of the way. Prepared to take swift, aggressive, and immediate action on your behalf, he offers comprehensive services to nurses throughout Texas. Call 512-228-7946 and schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Texas nursing license defense lawyer today.