Whenever a nursing professional faces charges for a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to stay on top of the situation at all times and take actions to protect your license. Once you receive a charge, you must report it from your perspective State Board of Nursing. So when do you seek criminal charge reporting assistance?
When a police officer issues a citation or arrest, it is important you inform the appropriate regulatory board within ten working days. Usually a misdemeanor or felony that involves conduct that could affect patient safety is of utmost importance to report with all pertinent details. The board will then review the report to determine if any disciplinary action is needed. This applies to licensees and applicants for licensure.
If a person is charged and fails to report it within ten working days, it is considered unprofessional conduct and the person can end up with a $1,000 fine. This can result in additional disciplinary actions.
Criminal Charges One Must Report
There are a number of criminal charges that a nurse, nursing student or applicant for a nursing license must report. These include:
- Assault and similar offenses such as battery, threat of violence, harassment, striking another, touch with intent to injure, etc. This includes domestic violence.
- Theft and similar offenses such as stealing, receiving stolen property, looting, trespassing, passing bad checks, etc.
- Fraud such as identity theft, credit card fraud, misrepresentation, welfare fraud, insurance fraud etc.
- Abuse, neglect and similar offenses such as such child or elder abuse, physical or emotional abuse, abandonment, endangerment, etc.
- Sexual offenses and crimes such as rape, molestation, sexual harassment, unwanted touch, prostitution, pornography, immoral sexual conduct, etc.
- Drug and alcohol offenses such as driving under the influence, theft of drugs, use of drugs, sale of drugs, growing, possession of drugs and/or paraphernalia, etc.
- Arson such as deliberately setting a fire.
- Animal abuse and animal cruelty.
Concealing Criminal Charges
If a healthcare professional conceals a charge rather than self-report, the consequences can be dire. In most cases, the Board of Nursing will find out anyway. Should they find out the discipline will be not only for the criminal charge but also for concealing it.
Reporting Assistance for Nurses
It is a wise idea to get reporting assistance for a criminal charge. Retaining an attorney who is familiar with your state nursing board issues, rules and regulations is the best to help for a nurse
with a criminal charge. When a nurse’s license is on the line that means they also face the threat of losing their career.
An attorney can help by facilitating communications, collecting needed documents, helping write personal statements, and much more. He or she can help to ensure a nurse doesn’t risk losing their license. A nurse, nursing student or applicant for a nursing license should be aware of what is needed regarding a criminal charge and be ready to do what is needed to try and keep their career intact. The attorney’s at Chelle Law can help. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer or to schedule a consultation.