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The state nursing board has no jurisdiction over these matters

Last month, we wrote a blog post discussing several types of complaints that fall within the territory of the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Since that post, we have received several inquiries asking about other matters that may or may not threaten a registered nurse's license to practice in the state.

In response, we decided to discuss a few topics that concern nurses but do not fall under the jurisdiction of the BRN. While these topics may still cause hardships for you at work, you might be relieved to know that they do not involve the BRN.

  • Poor employer relations: Your boss cannot bring you before the board solely because you do not get along with one another.
  • Billing disputes: If a patient believes he or she was improperly billed, it is not a matter for the BRN to address.
  • Interpersonal conflicts: The BRN has no role if a disagreement occurs between two or more coworkers.
  • Labor issues: Labor matters fall under an entirely different field of law and do not involve the board in any way.
  • Behavioral issues: Just because someone thinks you are impolite or rude, it is not grounds to file a complaint against you with the board.

Knowing which issues come before the BRN provides you with a strong foundation upon which to build a nursing license defense. We hope you will never have to build upon that foundation, but if you do, we urge you to consider a legal opinion in the interests of improving your case. Please visit our website to find more nursing license defense topics.

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