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- Sep 3, '10 by FribbletQuote from locust66The lawyer will make sure that the punishment fits the crime. The lawyer will make sure you are treated fairly.Most the replies that I have heard is get a laywer but this case is clean, cut and dry. I am not covering anything up or fighting something that has already past. I made the mistake and I will pay for what every punishment will be given to me.
It is not about trying to get off scott free. You won't be able to do that, as you already know. You don't have to retain a lawyer, but, please, talk to one.
After a while, what you're feeling now won't be as strong. Wouldn't you like to still have your license and be able to practice after your punishment is over?
- Sep 3, '10 by LadybuggRNLocust,
What state do you live in? I can't believe any BON would strip you of your license for an error in judgement - espeically when there was no pateint harm and you are obviously very remorseful. It seems like a class in Ehtics would be more appropriate with maybe come restrictions on your license - but a complete Cease and Desist action? You shouldn't stand for that - the punishment does not fit the crime.
Good luck, sunshine.
- Sep 3, '10 by mamamerleeThere are lawyers, frequently nurse-attorneys, who specialize in cases that go before the BON. They know what is appropriate, and can help you protect your license. This really does not seem like an offense that should strip you of your right to practice.
The meds were retreived, you did not divert them for yourself or for sale. You are, presumably, clean. Seems like you made a weird error about discarding them, and then you began to panic.
Take care of yourself. Talk to a lawyer!
- Sep 3, '10 by leslie :-Dtruthfully, i am not thoroughly convinced the op is being totally straight with us, but i suppose that's her call to make as well.
either way though, i would still consult with a lawyer and BE TOTALLY TRUTHFUL WITH HIM/HER.
if you want to continue w/your nsg license, then legal representation is the only way to go. (specifically, a nurse atty.)
if you hear from the BON, then you will eventually have the right to present your side of the story.
again, be totally truthful.
the first step is to be brutally honest with yourself.
and then the real healing can begin.
i truly do wish you the best.
- Sep 3, '10 by coolpeachI agree with the atty. Its the difference between being punished, and being thrown under a bus. If you stole a candy bar you would expect to be punished, but not expect the electric chair...the atty will keep it fair.
I am still confused on why you threw the narcs in the sharps container. What happened? Where did this mistake start?
- Sep 3, '10 by kae2010Like everyone else has said the lawyer isn't about fighting, the lawyer is there to help you deal with the BON. In my school we had to take a class called "Legal Aspects of Nursing" and it was taught by a nurse/lawyer who only practiced in nursing/malpractice cases. If there is one thing she taught us it was to ALWAYS have a lawyer with you when dealing with the BON. The BON is going to come at you with all kinds of judgements and possible punishments, and the lawyer will help you understand this and make sure the punishment is fair.
I wish you luck thru this difficult time.
- Sep 6, '10 by locust66Does anyone know if the BON suspends your license while an investigation or hearing is pending.
- Sep 6, '10 by lkwashingtonIt depends on the situation. What is your situation?
- Sep 6, '10 by I see you RNIn general they do not, but it depends on the severity of the charges.