I need help and a have a few questions... - page 7
by sl33y, RN | 8,910 Views | 68 Comments
I was fired last week for diversion. I am so ****** at myself and can't believe this has happened. The hospital is not pressing charges against me as they know me and my character and work ethic was great while there, until... Read More
- 2Nov 30, '08 by sissiesmamaQuote from sl33yI am so glad to hear from you and that you are doing well. Remember you will have a lifeline and soundingboard here. It's not an easy road, but it is so worth it. Good luck to you - keep us posted!Just wanted to say hello to everyone and I am doing VERY well!
Still haven't heard of anything from DEA/legal problems (wheeew!). I am starting to come to peace with what happened and I hope to return to nursing in a couple of months
- 1Dec 1, '08 by TweetyQuote from myownworstenemyOne needs to have a total of 15 posts to activate the private messaging feature. FYI.sl33y,
I got your pm but for some reason I can't pm back. If you want to pm me your email we can discuss this through private email and I can go into more detail.
- 2Dec 6, '08 by nurselsteeleQuote from sl33yI think it depends on where you live / what state-I was fired last week for diversion. I am so ****** at myself and can't believe this has happened.
The hospital is not pressing charges against me as they know me and my character and work ethic was great while there, until recently.
I self-reported to my BON and am trying to get into the VRP. They told me that I cannot participate IF I have charges filed against me.
They also stated that the DEA could file charges. Does anyone know what the likelyhood of this happening is? And how long would it take to find out whether or not charges will be filed?
Is 2 months going to go by and all of a sudden cops come arrest me at my house?
I am so screwed and I really need this recovery program to get back on the right track.
PA is where i live & my supervisor was caught by authorities with medications w/ labels on them from our work, they contacted my administrator who fired her immediately, but they never pressed charges, the DEA came into our building & made multiple changes to the way we did things, but they never filed charges against her either, she entered a program & 1 yr later is back to work at a "non" medication job, but she is working & making money for her family, not as much as the job she was terminated from but good money.
Keep your chin up, if you job doesnt file charges i don't know how the DEA can? but every state is different i think . ?
- 1Jan 21, '09 by jackstemQuote from tiak41I'm not an attorney, so the following is for informational purposes only. For legal questions, contact an attorney.I'm curious, did you have a hard time getting a job once you had a criminal past in the nursing field?
Having said that, it depends on the criminal "past" involved. If you are convicted of certain felonies it can prevent an employer from billing medicaid and medicare for your services. Obviously it would make finding a job difficult in that situation.
Check your board of nursing's web site (you can find links to the different boards here (http://allnurses.com/boards-of-nursing-info.html). They may provide helpful info on the site. If not, contact your board and ask them directly, or contact an attorney familiar with the nursing law in your state and ask them. I know in Ohio, there are specific rules, including the discussion of criminal records which have been expunged. I was under the impression that expungement meant you didn't have to worry about anyone finding out about the record(s). Wrong! In certain cases you might be guilty of lying to the board of you tell them you don't have a conviction despite expungement. The lie might interfere with your ability to renew your license or practice.
That's why any time I'm contacted by a nurse facing a board inquiry or must actually face the board during an investigation, or has ANY legal concern regarding their nursing license, the first question I ask is DO YOU HAVE AN AN APPROPRIATE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING YOU? If the answer to that question is no, then get one. If you say or do the wrong thing, even out of ignorance, it could have significant consequences on your license, which means your ability to practice and put food on the table and a roof over your head might be compromised.
But I can't afford an attorney! Can you afford NOT to have one? If you have your own professional liability insurance, the costs associated with a board action (or other legal action brought against you professionally) might be covered. That may not be true with coverage by your employer (example: a suit brought whe you weren't working).
What's an appropriate attorney? Well, for criminal charges get a criminal attorney. While that might seem to be common sense, we don't always think logically when we're frightened or under duress.
For board actions get an administrative attorney familiar with nursing law and legislation, and experienced in actually dealing with the board of nursing in the state in which you are licensed. Just as we don't expect our family doc to do a craniotomy or CABGs, criminal attorneys may be out of their territory facing the board. Hopefully they would tell you that themselves. You'd be surprised how many folks want to "kill 2 birds with one stone" by asking the same attorney to represent them for both situations. NOOOOOOO! And don't ask uncle Joe to do it because he's your divorce or tax attorney. A nurse attorney may be the best choice. Contact the Bar association in your state for assistance if finding a criminal defense attorney. Contact The American Association of Nurse Attorneys for help finding a nurse attorney in your area. Again, we don't always think logically when we're frightened or under duress, so facing the board alone may not be wise.
Again, for legal questions talk to an attorney.
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