With advances in technology, better procedures and newer medications, hospitals continue to evolve and make drastic changes in patient care. One of the most vital roles in a hospital is managing patient care which is carried out by nurses. Nurses act as a liaison between the patient and all hospital staff including doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, etc. With a nurse’s role in the hospital continuing to expand, the job itself is becoming more demanding and requires even greater accountability.
On any given day a nurse can have between six to twenty patients as is the case in nursing homes and some rehabilitation facilities. Since the demands for a nurse are very high, there are several different ways a nurse can potentially have their license suspended or even revoked.
The threat of losing a nursing license can present itself on any given day, that is why it’s important for nurses to understand what kind of behavior can negatively affect their nursing license and what should be done if a formal complaint has been filed or an accusation has been made.
Who Investigates Misconduct and Other Disciplinary Issues Regarding Nurses?
In general, the American Nurses Association (ANA) sets the professional standards, guidelines and principals that all nurses across the nation should follow. The ANA has created and developed a code of ethics for nurses that is the definitive guide on how a nurse should carry out his/her responsibilities and how a nurse can meet the appropriate ethical standard.
The New Jersey Board of Nursing is charged with regulating the practice of nursing within the state. In general the NJ State Board is responsible for licensing nurses and will investigate complaints and take disciplinary action when necessary. The New Jersey State Board of Nursing can admonish, suspend and even revoke a nurse’s license to practice. Some of the common issues that the State Board investigates include:
- Addiction to alcohol or drugs
- Over medicating a patient or diverting drugs
- False identification or license
- Falsifying patient records
- Unprofessional conduct
- Patient abuse or neglect
- Actions outside the scope of nursing practice (prescribing medicine)
Although many nurses are great caretakers, the issue that most nurses face that can potentially have an impact on their license involves accurate documentation of their patients. The stresses of the job have also made many nurses susceptible to stealing prescription medication.
Do I Need To Hire An Attorney To Help Me?
Often times co-workers, doctors, hospital administrators and even patients can file a complaint or have an issue with the conduct of a nurse. Even criminal activity that happened in your personal life can have a devastating effect on your ability to practice. Answering a formal complaint or accusation and having to appear in a disciplinary hearing can be an intimidating process. Hiring an attorney means that you will not have to go through the process alone and an attorney will help you protect your rights and interests.
If you are facing the potential loss of your New Jersey State Nursing license, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney that can help you protect your rights and that can develop a strategy to help you keep your job and your license. Contact Rosenblum Law today either by email or phone at 888-815-3649 for a free consultation, we are ready to help!