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I survived the Board of Nursing

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KCMnurse has 36 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Educator.

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Is there any advice for handling complaints against nursing license?

I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I was working as a Nursing Director for a non-profit organization supporting adults with intellectual disabilities. I had worked there for several years but the stress was taking its toll, so I decided to move on to something less stressful. A full two months after I left, I received a letter from the board of nursing stating that there was a complaint against my license. You are reading page 7 of I survived the Board of Nursing. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

HomeBound has 20 years experience and specializes in ED, ICU, Prehospital.

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So here's another thing.

Some here are very upset---rightfully so--about the "rightness vs. wrongness" of an issue. Any issue.

It's wrong to turf patients.

It's wrong not to do something you charted that you did.

It's wrong to call off when you're not sick.

It's right to have justice when you're wronged.

The fact of the matter is--some of these accusations, like the one leveled against my friend...and I'm sure others can relate as well....were unfounded.

It seems wrong and it seems that everyone should have recourse. Sometimes you do. I read a lot of "YOU HAVE A LEGAL CASE HERE!!!"

I have a lawyer in the family. What I never understood is that sometimes---when someone does something like this to you--wrongfully accuses you---there is a "tactical victory" that can be in play.

The goal isn't actually to strip you of your licensure or make you lose your job. The goal is to ruin your reputation. The other things come in due time.

I can win against you by simply making the accusation. Does this make sense? If I accuse you of something nebulous---like "poor performance" or "shoddy patient care practices"---the accusation is out there and it's against the Nursing Practice Act, so the BON gets involved.

You lose time, money and reputation by me making an accusation that in all reality---is subjective. What is the metric behind "poor performance". Sometimes it's just someone's opinion or perception.

But the damage is done. I have already won the tactical victory---and you are spinning your wheels, spending your money and time, going through all kinds of grief---defending yourself.

This is a very common legal tactic. Your nurse managers know these tricks, so do most employers. Many employees do as well.

My thing is that if I have to live like this---getting malpractice insurance because I am a good, conscientious nurse---being on the razor's edge at all times, defensive and reactive---

spending hundreds of dollars a year on insurance, on top of the certifications and state licensing fees....add in some legal fees if I tick the wrong person off (or even if I don't. it seems that I can get sanctioned for simply "acting out" on my own time.)...

the "comfortable living" that I would make being a nurse evaporates. This is no way to live. The job itself is stressful. I have to be fearful of every single person I meet on my job because they may be the one crazy that ruins my life?

This is a job worth having? And it's not just the patients that we need to fear.

Like I said--there are a group of physicians right now pointing fingers at me an others on my crew for a code that was literally a s#itshow. It's my fault that this surgical procedure should never have been attempted? It's MY fault that the department had ZERO policy in place for a complication that was very real in this patient's case? My dept had NO equipment or training to deal with what happened to this guy---and this wasn't a 1 in a million thing that happened. It was the main problem with him---he moves the wrong way and he exsanguinates. Equipment? Plan? Training? NONE.

Now these arseholes are pointing fingers at the nursing staff. I'm not getting sued or DEFENDING (read: spending money) a suit because this patient should NEVER have been on my unit in the first place.

My reputation will be forever marred by some doctor who just wants to cover his own rear end. He skates and I get to pick up the pieces financially, emotionally and professionally.

THIS MAN DIED. And all they can do is throw us nurses under the bus.

And it's not just the doctors doing it to us. Some of the nurses that were in that room are also rolling on each other.

This. is. nursing.

Anybody who thinks otherwise or tries to make anyone here think that we all just try to do the right thing and bullying never happens and we're all just one big family---you're either not at bedside, you have a vested interest in no one knowing what actually goes on at bedside (a nurse manager or recruiter), or you aren't paying any attention.

THat nurse manager wanted to hurt my friend. She knew that just by making the accusation, he would be almost ruined defending himself. He may lose his job because someone believes that jerko nurse manager. He may lose his family or his friends. He may lose his license if he doesn't vigorously defend. He may lose his financial stability.

She won by making the accusation. Tactical victories.

So the next time I hear someone spout about filing lawsuits against entities like the BON or hospitals? Think about what their objectives really are in placing you in that position in the first place (false accusations).

Nothing happens, for the most part....to someone who makes false accusations. Remember that.

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Jory has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNM.

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Medical board does the same thing to physicians.

I know of one doc who had a flawless local record and then a patient, who had a history of psych issues, came to see him and after the chaperoned exam, after she got dressed, he went back into the room with her alone to give her prescriptions and to discuss next steps and she asked him out on a date. He said no..he was very nice to her, etc. He chalked it up to her just being lonely. He said the whole exchange wasn't even five minutes.

Five months later she accused him of making an advance and he ended up getting his license publicly sanctioned for it. They had zero evidence, they did no investigation, they dismissed the statements from his nurse and another MA of him telling them about her comments after the visit. They ruined his career on her word alone. If I didn't know him personally I would never have believed it.

This organizations have too much power and zero oversight.

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Wolfbiologist specializes in None yet.

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From a male patient's perspective: I had a female PCP who unfortunately transferred her feelings for her ex (he was same age as me and similar in other respects) and was verbally inappropriate with me. She reminded me that she was single a couple of times, told me my chart made great "bedtime reading" after a physical exam in which she manipulated my genitals in a medically necessary way, hiked up her skirt to show me a contusion she got in a bicycle crash... and on and on.

Her career is perfectly safe because no matter what, I would NEVER lodge a complaint. Mostly to preserve my own privacy but also... there were no witnesses. And no, I still firmly refuse a chaperone when one is forced on me. I would walk out of an appointment rather than have a 3rd party listen to my very personal health issues. Certainly there would not be a chaperone in the room if the doctor wanted me to submit to an intimate exam. The thought of a witness to the indignity makes my skin crawl.

Despite her behavior, she is a damn good doctor and worked hard to get where she is. It was best for me to man up and shut up. It cost me a great deal of psychological damage which would have been worse if I spoke up about it.

The point is, most medical professionals are safe from complaints by us guys. We don't talk in the case of genuine misbehavior, let alone fantasy misbehavior that may have happened only in our minds. The nurse or doctor would have to really screw up before I ever said anything.

By the way, I have been cared for by a great many nurses - male and female. Not one of you has ever done anything to me that is even vaguely questionable. I TRUST nurses... period.

Doctors, on the other hand...

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LC0929 has 16 years experience as a ASN, RN, EMT-B and specializes in Critical Care.

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Unfortunately,Fortunately?? I went before the BON, for false accusations, without a lawyer, because I couldn't afford one...I'll never forget the look on the receptionists face when she spotted my 275p. of discovery. She thanked me for making copies for all TWELVE of the Board members..... I informed her that unfortunately, it was only ONE copy, the smile went away....but I won....the truth is like a lion....😎

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RNtoFNPcBONissue has 11 years experience.

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Looking for a lawyer. Curious about costs. Anyone know reliable lawyers?

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1 hour ago, RNtoFNPcBONissue said:

Looking for a lawyer. Curious about costs. Anyone know reliable lawyers?

Check out the referral service here:   https://www.taana.org

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12 hours ago, RNtoFNPcBONissue said:

Looking for a lawyer. Curious about costs. Anyone know reliable lawyers?

It depends on where you live & what you need an attorney for.

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