Tiff, I wish I could give you better news...
The MS BON works Sllllooooowww. It took them 3 1/2 years for my case, 2 renewals after 5 hospital complaints against me, two in TX(I made a hot mess across 3 States Travel Nursing...).
MS was my primary “Compact State.” It was 3 1/2 years after getting a “Cease practice” letter from the TX BON where I was traveling.
Then, 4 years later, after the incident(turning myself in to MS BON admitting EVERYTHING), after 90 days of rehab, intensive outpatient, jumping through every BON loop perfectly- I had been taking a nap, in my home. I worked Night Shift at a Power-plant to pay my way through Engineering School at UM; I was watching “Little House on the Prairie,” and eating a biscuit in my “basement man-cave.”
I heard a Police Car hit it’s alarm(the way they do to get a speeder’s attention. It was the County Sheriff’s Dept. I spent eight days in jail awaiting my arraignment.
He took me to a Courthouse, Where 5 Felony Grand Larceny Charges were handed down(not even going through Grand Jury(needed Lawyer) on a paper. They hit me for “Retail Value,” of every narc I gave IN A METRO ER, and every dose after first complaint!!!!
I only took, and only admitted to wastes... and it’s the truth.
I did it all without a Lawyer. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT, But I didn’t have the “ability.” My guilt wanted me to come clean, and they charged me for more...
I did pretrial diversion, then finished the BON’s RNP-program starting all over again. 5 years. So that my Engineering Education wouldn’t be compromised- I needed to keep the BON happy.
In all, it cost me thousands more than having a lawyer would have, and I wouldn’t have had to go to jail many years later.
Everything said to the board goes to the AG. I learned the hard way there’s no reward for honesty.
Get a Lawyer and press the issue, It doesn’t go away, they are just years behind, and it took them 4 years to destroy my life, clean and sober, in a Non-Nursing Position, keeping up with my Rules and Regs, and because of jail days, I couldn’t make screens, and was forced into revocation for non-compliance. 4 years into 5 year contract!
If I could go back, I’d have sold a Kidney to get a Lawyer. It’s amazing how much of our life CAN BE “SURRENDERED” to the BON.
All discovery coming from what I told the BON Investigator. (Who told me if I followed the BON’s Orders, all the rest would go away... Wrong!!!!!!
It nearly broke me, but they didn’t. Now I make more than I ever would in Nursing- even advanced practice. So don’t forget this IS NOT the end for you regardless of what happens. You did Nursing School, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.
And the Abuse is MUCH LESS!
Love and Prayers!!!!!!!!!!