Sooo. I could of never prepared for that! Although I was very prepared, it was rough! Here is how it all went down! When I arrived the Deputy attorney general that was handling my case on the boards side, gave me a copy of all of the information and evidence they would be submitting to the ALJ. Once the hearing started the judge immediately went off the record to ask several questions about my case. When back on the record Attorney for the board presented their side of the case, stating that I had been disciplined in Florida and that was the main reason, my application for licensure had been denied. She submitted their evidence and then it was my turn. You are allowed to make an opening statement which I did, then the judge ask me if I woud like to testify on my behalf. I did. He ask me several questions about myself, as we went through every piece of evidence I had submitted why that evidence was relevant. After I was done, he ask me if I had any witnesses, I did, my sponsor was present. She took the stand, he asked her several questions about our relationship, about her, and if she would like to say anything on my behalf.BTW attorney for the board also had the opportunity to ask myself and my sponsor any questions. After her testimony, went back to attorney for board. She had nothing else and he asked her to make her closiing statement. The statement was totally against me and why I should not be licensed. Then he asked if I would like to make a closing statement, I did and reiterated everything on my behalf and why I should be licensed. After closing statements the judge asked the attorney for the board if she had a decision she would like to propose on behalf of the board, she did not. So now the burden is on the ALJ to make a decision based on all the paperwork and testimony received in the hearing. Off the record the judge allowed me to look through the disciplinary guidelines and ask what my opinion of them were if he were to issue me a license on a probationary status this is what I would be faced with. Now if you have read my previous entries you already know that I am currently in the ipn, which is the program Florida BON refers their nurses to and all of the disciplinary guidelines are the same that I am doing right now and I was very frank with him and told him that. So here are some pointers,
1. Bring your witnesses. The judge said the best thing I could of done was bring my sponsor to speak on my behalf. He said he once had a case that the man was 37 years sober, but he had to take his word for it because he didn't bring anyone to speak on his behalf.
2. BE ON TIME
3.BRING ALL OF YOUR PAPERWORK, YOU NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH.
4. BRING ALL OF YOUR EVIDENCE, I.E.Drug screen results, letters from employers, friends, relatives and MAKE SURE THEY ARE ALL SIGNED!!!!! IF they are not signed they are not considered evidence, if you can not get them signed print out the email they sent it to you in.
So that's about it for now. Now I wait! The judge has a month to submit his proposal to the board and then the board can either adopt it or not! I will update when I know my fate