CA BRN investigation

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Published

02/2024

I recently received the devastating email from CA BRN informing me of the intervention program. I have not received anything else,  tho this is fresh, just a few days ago. My employer reported me to the BRN that they are suspicious I was under the influence of something. No testing was done.  I have a RX for norco due to having surgery on a displaced fracture. I was in a lot of pain that I took a norco before going to work. I was on my 7th day of working, I over worked my injury and therefore had significant pain.  I had not taken the norco since my post op day #3 which was some months ago. I have been clear to return to work and returned November.  

Question:  do the majority that are under investigation by the BRN EVENTUALLY get placed on probation?

 It appears that almost all with an Accusation are placed on probation. 
Please share insight, light and or advice, desperately awaiting a response! 

thank you all 

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hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

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nurseinca california said:

02/2024

I recently received the devastating email from CA BRN informing me of the intervention program. I have not received anything else,  tho this is fresh, just a few days ago. My employer reported me to the BRN that they are suspicious I was under the influence of something. No testing was done.  I have a RX for norco due to having surgery on a displaced fracture. I was in a lot of pain that I took a norco before going to work. I was on my 7th day of working, I over worked my injury and therefore had significant pain.  I had not taken the norco since my post op day #3 which was some months ago. I have been clear to return to work and returned November.  

Question:  do the majority that are under investigation by the BRN EVENTUALLY get placed on probation?

 It appears that almost all with an Accusation are placed on probation. 
Please share insight, light and or advice, desperately awaiting a response! 

thank you all 

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If I were you I would obtain an attorney familiar with profression practice issues.

Hppy

 

Healer555

171 Posts

Specializes in Psychiatry.

Definitely lawyer up asap 

I am definitely hiring a lawyer. I've been doing so much reading and it seems that almost everyone gets put on probation... has anyone know or experienced otherwise?… meaning your investigation did NOT lead to probation. 

Healer555

171 Posts

Specializes in Psychiatry.
nurseinca california said:

I am definitely hiring a lawyer. I've been doing so much reading and it seems that almost everyone gets put on probation... has anyone know or experienced otherwise?… meaning your investigation did NOT lead to probation. 

I'm not in CA. I read way too much about what happened to other people and assumed I'd get a monitoring agreement for a sud I don't have and really made no effort to avoid this BS.  I'd suggest just getting a lawyer and trying to avoid everything if I were you. 

Universe93B

110 Posts

They suspected you of being under the influence of something but they didn't even test you - that's ridiculous on their part and a mistake.  A "medical board" lawyer (who deals with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc) will know how to clear this situation for you.

Specializes in School Nursing.

Years ago, I was asked to do an impairment assessment on a teacher at my school. She was 3 sheets to the wind, and reeked of alcohol. Our school resource officer had her take a breathalyzer, and she blew well above the legal limit. Unfortunately, the Principal did not follow the policy, so she was able to return to teaching with no consequences. 

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

3,819 Posts

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis.

I agree with seeking out a lawyer who should be able to get this cleared fairly easily. The first mistake on their part was in not testing you at all, they reported a suspicion but have no proof to back it up. Even if they had tested you I assume the only substance that would have shown is the med that you had an active prescription for so that should present no problem.  I'm not a lawyer and not offering any legal advice here but it just seems to be common sense that there's not a case here,  But then the  BON of most if not all states is not known for their common sense so I still advise getting a lawyer to navigate this with you.

Erin1984

28 Posts

Unfortunately the answer to your question is yes, the majority get put on probation. I am shocked at some of the stories of the people I've met through nurse support group that were put on probation. I am in California diversion. Your best bet is to get a good lawyer who will guide you through this process. The BRN is not your friend. Evaluators are not your friend. Be careful what you say to people. I know what you're going through and I'm sorry. YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS

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