Getting charged in multiple states?

  1. I know we can't give legal advice on this page but I am a travel nurse that got caught diverting in SC. I just had another state send me a letter in the mail saying that they are investigating me. Has anyone had experience with this and allow me to contact them privately?
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  3. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    No angering Pennsylvania alone was more than I could handle
  4. by   gabby3
    South Carolina probably notified any states that you hold a license. They can charge you with (having discipline on a license in another state). Most states have rules that state they can place a mark on your license for having discipline in another state.
    Its a normal step BON take if you were reported to the BON.
    Gabby
  5. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    If you're asking this question because that other state is also going to find dirt on you -- please get a good lawyer. Otherwise, like gabby said, the domino effect on other state licenses is par for the course.
  6. by   Nursebry91
    What about criminal charges in another state? Could this turn into a federal case?
  7. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    That's unlikely unless you did something to get the feds interested in your case like traffic drugs across state lines. If you simply broke drug laws in individual states then they can charge u under state law
  8. by   Eris Discordia BSN, RN
    Did the other state's BON write the letter to you or was it an letter from an Attorney General from another state? I believe the Attorney General of another state would be the one to notify you of charges, but I'm not 100%.

    Like others said, it's normal for BON's to report to other BON's and for you to have multiple disciplines occur across state lines...less likely for multiple criminal prosecutions, but certainly possible and has happened. Hearing from another BON does not necessarily mean criminal prosecution. But unfortunately, that would probably a wait and see.
  9. by   Nursebry91
    So if I have multiple disciplinary actions from different states what does that mean? I'm already enrolled in a monitoring program and treatment.
  10. by   Nathan08T
    Basically you'll always have those marks on your license(s) whenever an employer in that state looks you up. The state you do the monitoring program in will offer you an agreement to join a monitoring program in order to keep your license. You will ONLY be able to practice in that state. Completing he program means you keep your license and can practice in that state.

    If our move to another state there is a 95% chance they will make you enter yet another monitoring program in order to be able to practice in that state. You'll basically have to pay your dues in each state that you wish to practice nursing in. The unfortunate side effect of not having some nationalized nursing practice act
  11. by   Nursebry91
    Quote from Nathan08T
    Basically you'll always have those marks on your license(s) whenever an employer in that state looks you up. The state you do the monitoring program in will offer you an agreement to join a monitoring program in order to keep your license. You will ONLY be able to practice in that state. Completing he program means you keep your license and can practice in that state.

    If our move to another state there is a 95% chance they will make you enter yet another monitoring program in order to be able to practice in that state. You'll basically have to pay your dues in each state that you wish to practice nursing in. The unfortunate side effect of not having some nationalized nursing practice act
    So when I'm done with my 5 year sentence in the SC monitoring program... Can I practice again in other states within my compact license or am I always forced to practice in SC the rest of my life?
  12. by   kbrn2002
    I never considered that before, but I suppose so. Each state's BON is it's own entity so it's a possibility that any other state you want to practice in could expect you to go through their discipline process before you are able to practice there.
  13. by   /username
    Some research I found online... There are a couple things that might be hairy for you. In order to have a multistate license, you must:

    5. Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license;

    8. Has not been convicted or found guilty, or has entered into an agreed disposition, of a misdemeanor
    offense related to the practice of nursing as determined on a case-by-case basis;

    9. Is not currently enrolled in an alternative program;

    10. Is subject to self-disclosure requirements regarding current participation in an alternative program;
  14. by   chare
    I think, as dirtyhippiegirl suggested, it is time to obtain legal counsel; if you haven't already done so. I Don't think that you necessarily need a criminal defense lawyer, but you definitely need a lawyer with experience handling this type of case in front of your state's board of nursing. If you haven't found such a lawyer, and you opt to do so, you might consider The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

    And, as the internet is not nearly as anonymous as many like to believe, you should give careful consideration to posting any additional information regarding this situation.

    Best wishes as you work through this issue.

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