accused of abuse, what should I do?

  1. Hello,

    I understand fully that the job of a LNC is not to offer advice, However, I am in quiet the dilemma here and would like any advice that anyone could offer. I was accused of abuse at a facility that I worked at back in June. The charges were being brought against me by some of the aides that didn't care much for me. They were totally false. I didn't think much would come from it. Anyway, for standard procedure purposes, the DON and Administrator called Social Services to do an investigation. Social Services investigation lasted about 3 days, and they found me guilty of the charges. Followed by Social Services were inspectors from The Inspector Generals Office; and because these employs were clinging so tightly to the story that they had first told, The Inspector Generals Office also found me guilty. The charges range from one count of physical abuse, and 3 counts verbal abuse.

    I am currently employable, and have absolutely no restrictions on my license. However, The Inspector Generals office is submitting my case of abuse to the BON and they're going to decide if it was indeed bad enough to revoke my license and put me on an abuse registry. I've never been so scared in my entire life. I spoke with the lady over my case at The Inspector Generals Office, yesterday. She said that she was going to mail me a copy of the investigation and after I looked over it, if I decided I didn't want to loose my license that I could request a hearing before the BON and the Inspector Generals Office. She said an attorney would be helpful, but not required. She also said that I should bring some witnesses.

    What should I do? I'm so scared. All my life, all I ever wanted to do was be a nurse. My mother was a nurse for years before she passed, and my grandmother (merely 70) is still a floor nurse. I'm so scared. I'm in a rutt. I moved down here (Kentucky.) To pursue my RN and was just working part time at the facility where these charges were brought against me; I only worked there for 4-5 months, so I really don't have any "witnesses" that I could take to this hearing with me. Also, I withdrew from the RN program in Aug, I thought I would take some time off and let all this die down for awhile, I'm still eligible to go back whenever I want (it has to be within the next 2 years, though.) But, I really don't want to go back with all this going on. I feel terrible, and there's NOTHING I can do about this situation. NOTHING..

    Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much
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  3. by   Tweety
    I'm very sorry you are going through this. This forum is for nurse's who are legal nurses. They do not dispense advice here. Good luck.