Quote from wizard1
how is it a nurse can have 6 neglect and or abuse cases verified with dcf and all with conditions hazardous to health and conditions unsafe. admitted to dcf she has mental problems and still gets her lpn license.
criminal background checks reveal usually only cases that have fully been ajdudicated by the court system resulting in criminal conviction. from what you've wriiten, these dcf cases occured prior to her obtaining licensure.
if criminal background check came back initially clean, then person would be permitted in nursing school and allowed to take licensing exam. however, it is only after licensing exam taken, that license can be denied or suspended due to beckground issues.
if one has legal proof of dcf cases involving neglect and abuse, then reporting concerns to state board of nursing is warrented. most state have public websites to obtain info: "filing a complaint against licensee".
fla: filing complaints against licensees or unlicensed persons
per fla website:
what will happen to my complaint?
if the department determines that your complaint is a possible violation of florida law, it will be investigated. a department investigator may contact you for additional information. following legal review, the department will refer the complaint to the appropriate panel of the regulatory board to determine if a violation of the florida law has occurred.
will my complaint be confidential?
florida statutes require that the health care practitioner be given a copy of your complaint. the complaint remains confidential until ten days after the probable cause panel of the board has determined that a violation has occurred. however, patient identity and patient records remain confidential at all times.
what happens to the health care practitioner as a result of my complaint?
after a board hearing, if the practitioner is found to have violated the law, the regulatory board may impose one or more of the following penalties: reprimand, fine, restriction of practice, refund of fees billed and collected from the patient or a third party on behalf of the patient, remedial education, administrative cost, probation, license suspension or license revocation.
what issues are not within the authority of the department?
will i be notified throughout the process?
- fee disputes (i.e. broken or missed appointments)
- billing disputes
- personality conflicts
- bedside manner or rudeness of practitioners
you will be notified in writing of the status of your complaint throughout the process. please advise us of any address change.
why was my complaint not accepted?
if your complaint was not accepted for investigation by the department of health or it was referred to another agency or department for possible action, please see the note of explanation
this process is similar in most states. all nursing candidates and practicing nurses should be aware of this process and potential for complaint filing duting their career.