Quote from chris_at_lucas
If you can get your criminal record expunged, you probably oughta go ahead and do that (otherwise it begs the question "why didn't you, if you could have?").
The down side is that government agencies do not have to follow little things like laws of evidence or, in some cases, the Constitution. The decisions of groups like the BON members can be based on anything just this side of "because."
In other words, "just because" you were exonerated does not oblige the board to return your license.
You will do well to have an attorney--and possibly to return to Maryland personally at some point to deal with the board face to face.
Good luck to you.
Chris: I know exactly what you mean, "just because." I found that out when I went to the board by myself at their evidentiary hearing.
Anyway, after I left, I took a job at a nearby nursing home while I waiting on another job with the state.
On the sixth day I was there, the DON brought in a police officer and they took me to the medicine room and asked me to open my purse. There were about 3 or 4 prescription drugs in it. Obviously, they were placed there by the staff. All employees had keys to the medicine room and kept their purses and valuables in there. On that evening, I noticed a lot of activity with employees going in and out of the medicine room, including the HUSBAND of the DON. So what does that tell you.
It was a retaliatory action (of course, how would I prove it.) I had been working in the jail near this nursing home where I started writing people up. I would come in on my shift sometimes and find inmates unresponsive with no medical history taken on them and drug charting discrepancies, etc. I was called in by the Manager of the Contract Medical Company and was told "how dare you write up your fellow employees." From then it was hell, including accusing me of some wrong doing with drugs. It took over three months to get them to show me the records where my supposed drug wrongdoing was. Of course nothing was there. Also on New Years eve, no one showed up to relieve me, I guess they thought I would leave and charge me with abandonment of duty. Anyway, I believe where I worked before at the jail, and the nursing home worked together. The Annapolis area is a pretty small community.
Anyway, I was quickly released and the case was dropped. But when I went before the board, I felt confident that I would be okay. Included in my documentation were 3 reports, 1 from the DON, 2 others written by Lvn and NA. All 3 reports were DIFFERENT. With my nursing background I knew how important documentation was, and I also had a year of business law which also taught the importance of documentation.
Well, as you said "just because". I was just devastated and felt that I had no rights and didn't have much luck with lawyers.
I know what you are saying about a lawyer and possiby going back to Maryland to face them. If it comes to that I simply will not go through this again. All I can say is it is an evil system.
Thanks for listening and for some of you others, read the post by Nurseprotect, "the BON is NOT YOUR FRIEND"and watch your backs.Thank all of your for the well wishes.