Each state’s Board of Nursing defines what unprofessional conduct for nurses is. The board of nursing outlines specific acts which are considered to be unprofessional conduct. When a nurse commits a violation, the Board investigates and deals out appropriate disciplinary action.
Examples of Unprofessional Conduct
Although this is by no means a full list, some of the acts of unprofessional include:
- License denial or suspension in another jurisdiction and no reinstatement.
- Having a license limited or revoked in another jurisdiction and not having it reinstated.
- Committing a felony or misdemeanor with behavior that violates set standards.
- Failing to comply with an order from the Board.
- Conduct that is harmful to the health of a patient.
- Cheating on an exam for licensure or certification.
- Failing to self-report a felony conviction.
When a nurse engages in unprofessional conduct, the Board of Nursing can issue disciplinary action as a result.
Any act of unprofessional conduct can result in a form of disciplinary action from any state board of nursing. Discipline can include suspension of the nurse’s license, revocation of the license or probation.
Failing to Self- Report
When a nurse has a charge on their record or receives a new one, there are rules about reporting said violation. If it is a new charge the nurse must self-report it within ten days of the charges. If they fail to report in a timely manner, he or she will likely receive a harsher form of discipline from the board. Licensed and certified nurses must abide by the rules and regulations or risk their license.
Criminal Background Investigation
When the Board of Nursing finds a conviction on a nurse’s record, there will be an investigation. During this investigation they look to see if the conviction is on the nurse’s application and when it occurred. They want to know what the nature of the crime is and if it was a one-time thing or if the record shows a pattern of behavior.
If the nurse has already reached out to the court and arranges for the conviction to be set aside, when the board holds their investigation they’ll see the conviction was set aside. This tells the board they nurse is rehabilitated. There are also other steps a nurse can take to prove their rehabilitation. Proving rehabilitation is a good way to avoid discipline.
Use an Attorney
Whenever a nurse is under investigation by their state Board of Nursing, it is wise to get professional help in responding to any Board communications such as questionnaires and the like. Hiring an attorney like the ones at Chelle Law is a wise choice as they can guide you through the process. Your attorney is able to help gather documents, assist in answering Board inquiries and other actions. This can help protect a nurse’s license and an entire career.