Nursing Board disciplinary actions are public and posted on the Board’s website

I am often asked by nurses, if a disciplinary action taken by the Nursing Board against their license will be available to the public. The answer is Yes.  Under the Ohio Public Records law, R.C. 149.43, any official action taken by a governmental agency is a public record. http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/149.43 What does this mean? Prior to the internet, to … Continue reading Nursing Board disciplinary actions are public and posted on the Board’s website

Alternative Program for Chemically Dependent Nurses

In Ohio, nurses who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction or abuse should immediately seek treatment at an authorized chemical dependency treatment facility.  However, nurses are often concerned about voluntarily seeking treatment because they do not know what effect, if any, treatment will have on their nursing license. Fortunately, for Ohio nurses, the Ohio Board of Nursing has established the Alternative Program for … Continue reading Alternative Program for Chemically Dependent Nurses

What to Consider When Hiring an Attorney

When facing a disciplinary action before your state licensing board or when looking for assistance in applying for a license, it is important to find the right attorney to help you through this often cumbersome process. To make an informed decision, you should set an appointment and meet with the attorney in person to gauge … Continue reading What to Consider When Hiring an Attorney

Ohio Board of Nursing complaints – what can happen?

The Nursing Board receives hundreds of complaints each year.  The Board is required to conduct some investigation on all complaints. Some investigations are closed with no disciplinary action taken against the nurse. However, in many cases the investigation can lead to criminal charges or to a suspension of a nurse’s RN or LPN license.  It is important … Continue reading Ohio Board of Nursing complaints – what can happen?