There are all kinds of issues that could lead to a professional losing their license. Being found guilty of allegations of misconduct, such as negligence, drug or alcohol abuse or fraud, could all lead to a license suspension or revocation.
As a long-term caregiver, it is your responsibility to make sure that your patients have what they need and are cared for properly. However, it’s a reality that mistakes will happen — and you could also face accusations of misconduct even when you’ve done nothing wrong.
What is the process of defending your license after an accusation?
If you are accused of misconduct, the first thing you’ll receive is a statement of the accusations or issues that are being investigated. After this, there is a notice of defense prior to filing the case with the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Before the hearing takes place, your attorney will work with you on the discovery process to determine what happened and what evidence the other party may intend to use. Usually, at this point, there is an opportunity for a settlement or mediation conference. Many licensing issues are resolved at this point, but not all. If no settlement is reached, then an administrative hearing does take place. After this, you’ll go through the hearing process and be notified of the final decision. If you do not agree with the decision, then you retain the right to file an appeal.
What should you do next if you’re afraid your nursing license is in danger?
Defending your nursing license can be tricky, which is why you’ll want to know all of your legal options when you are trying to preserve your license and career. The hearing process is long, but the right help may resolve issues without costing you your license.