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New York Lawyers For Nurses

By Spodek Law Group | July 27, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 13, 2023)

Last Updated on: 13th October 2023, 05:17 pm

New York Lawyers For Nurses: A Guide for Protecting Your License and Career

Nursing is an incredibly rewarding yet challenging profession. Nurses in New York work tirelessly to provide quality care to patients, often under stressful conditions. However, situations can arise that threaten a nurse’s license and career. Having the right legal guidance can make all the difference. This article provides an overview of common legal issues facing New York nurses and how an experienced nurse attorney can help.

Understanding New York’s Nurse Practice Act

The foundation of nursing regulation in New York State is the Nurse Practice Act. This law establishes the requirements for obtaining and maintaining nursing licensure. It also gives the State Board of Nursing authority to discipline nurses who violate the law. Familiarity with the Nurse Practice Act is crucial for protecting your license. Some key points:

  • You must have an active New York nursing license to practice nursing in the state. This applies to both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) .
  • The law defines professional misconduct that can lead to discipline. There are over 40 types of misconduct specified, including negligence, incompetence, and drug diversion.
  • The State Board of Nursing handles complaints, investigations, and disciplinary proceedings against nurses through procedures laid out in the law.

Common Reasons Nurses Get in Trouble

Many disciplinary issues start at the nurse’s workplace. Mistakes, poor documentation, conflicts with colleagues, or retaliation by managers can trigger a complaint to the Board of Nursing. Some common problem areas include:

  • Documentation issues: Failing to properly document care makes it appear care wasn’t given. Thorough charting is essential.
  • Medication errors: Giving the wrong med or dose happens, but failing to report it can lead to discipline.
  • Scope of practice violations: Doing things beyond your training or facility policies can get you in hot water. Ask if unsure.
  • Impaired practice: Substance abuse and mental health issues can affect practice. Seek help early.
  • Boundary violations: Personal relationships with patients are prohibited. Keep interactions professional.
  • Criminal offenses: Arrests for DUI, theft, fraud, etc. must be reported and can prompt discipline.

An experienced nurse attorney can advise you on managing these issues proactively to avoid license problems down the road.

Responding to a Board of Nursing Complaint

If a complaint has been filed against you with the Board of Nursing, it’s crucial to respond appropriately. Here are some tips:

  • Get legal help immediately. Don’t go through it alone. An attorney knows how to navigate the process.
  • Cooperate but don’t self-incriminate. Be honest but don’t speculate or admit fault before talking to a lawyer.
  • Provide records promptly. Disciplinary investigators can subpoena records, so comply with requests.
  • Consider alternatives to discipline. For minor issues, your attorney can negotiate remedies like fines or CE classes.
  • Prepare diligently if your case goes to a hearing. Your lawyer will handle pre-hearing motions, witness prep, evidence review and hearing strategy.

Other Nursing License Defenses

Besides Board of Nursing complaints, there are other licensing issues that can arise:

  • License application problems: If the Board denies or delays approval, a lawyer can help negotiate a resolution.
  • Medicaid/Medicare exclusion: Being excluded from federal programs severely limits job prospects. Your lawyer can try to get the exclusion reversed or modified.
  • Multi-state license discipline: Getting disciplined in one state can prompt actions by other states. A lawyer can try to limit collateral damage.
  • Criminal charges: Offenses unrelated to nursing can still put your license at risk. A criminal defense lawyer can help minimize consequences.
  • Employer discipline: Getting fired for misconduct can lead to Board of Nursing action. Have a lawyer review employment agreements and represent you in hearings.

Navigating these complex scenarios to preserve your livelihood requires expertise that an experienced nurse attorney can provide.

When to Consult a Lawyer

As a nurse, it’s wise to contact a lawyer anytime your license or career could potentially be in jeopardy. Situations where legal guidance is recommended include:

  • Your employer suspends or fires you for alleged wrongdoing
  • You’re summoned to a meeting with supervisors or human resources concerning an investigation
  • You receive notice that a complaint has been filed against you with the Board of Nursing
  • A licensing investigator contacts you requesting an interview
  • Your nursing license application is denied or delayed
  • You are arrested or charged with a crime
  • You are facing Medicaid/Medicare exclusion
  • You are reported to the Nurse Monitoring Program (NMP)

Having a lawyer in your corner from the earliest stages of these situations can make a big difference in protecting your livelihood. Don’t delay in seeking legal advice.

Choosing the Right Lawyer

Not just any lawyer will do when your career is on the line. It’s critical to choose an attorney with specific experience in nursing license defense cases. Here are important factors to consider:

  • Find a nurse attorney. They understand clinical practice and nursing board processes best.
  • Make sure they regularly handle nursing license cases. Ask about their specific experience with cases like yours.
  • Look for someone familiar with New York law and procedures. Laws vary by state, so find someone who knows New York.
  • Consider their track record. Ask about their success negotiating settlements and winning hearings.
  • Be sure they are up to date on current cases. Laws and policies change, so choose someone actively practicing in this area.
  • See if they offer nurse support services. Many provide counseling, monitoring programs, CE classes, etc.
  • Ask about their accessibility. Will they personally handle your case? Can you contact them easily?

Taking time to vet attorneys thoroughly gives you the best chance of finding one well-suited to protect your nursing license and career.

Conclusion

As a New York nurse, staying out of legal trouble starts with knowing the laws and policies that govern your profession. However, even conscientious nurses can end up facing license complaints and other legal issues at some point. Having an experienced nurse attorney in your corner can help you respond appropriately and protect your livelihood. Don’t wait until it’s too late – consult an attorney at the first sign of trouble. With the right legal guidance, you can overcome licensing challenges and get back to providing quality care to your patients.

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