Quote from abigl
Thanks everyone...I'm still in limbo waiting to hear my fate from this "investigation"
Are you suggesting I speak to an attorney now, before I even know what the internal investigation shows?
I guess I can continue my research while they do theirs. This is so frustrating. Thinking I should sue my boss for falsely accusing me. Anyone here have experience with fighting back?
Do I stand a chance?
It never hurts to have a consultation with a license defense attorney so you know your rights and options. As I said in my previous post, our verbal diarrhea can put us in a very tough situation. We have a tendency to want to "make everything alright" by explaining everything to everybody. Remember, "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can (AND WILL) be used against you (by the board of nursing)."
You also have the right to have an attorney present during any questioning, and to stop answering questions and ask for an attorney at any time. Employers and BONs and their investigators like to pull the, "If you're innocent you shouldn't need an attorney" garbage. Having your own attorney makes sure everyone plays by the rules.
Administrative law is different than criminal law. All I'm recommending is you be careful and be sure YOUR rights are protected. Sadly, your employer isn't going to worry about your rights. If throwing you to the wolves will protect their glutei maximi, that's exactly what they'll do. Your employer (and the BON) have attorneys advising them...shouldn't you? Every nurse has the right to represent themselves in these situations. Do you have a solid understanding of the law? Yeah, attorneys aren't cheap, but is having your ability to practice your profession protected worth the price? After watching many nurses have all sorts of problems with their career because they thought being innocent was a sufficient defense, my opinion is yes, the money is well spent.
If you decide to consult or retain an attorney, do your homework first. Interview them and clients they've represented in the past. Contact your state nurses association for referrals and ask any nurses you (or friends) may know who have had a need for representation in the past.