You have a right to counsel when meeting with a Nursing Board investigator

The role of the Ohio Board of Nursing is to regulate the practice of nursing. This entails issuing professional licenses to nurses and also investigating and imposing discipline on nurses who violate the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. Often, a nurse first learns that a complaint has been filed against them with the Nursing Board when they … Continue reading You have a right to counsel when meeting with a Nursing Board investigator

When should you self report to the Ohio Board of Nursing?

In certain instances, it may be beneficial to self-report to the Nursing Board, even if not required by law.  How and when should this be done?  There are no simple answers. In Ohio, the Nursing Board can take a disciplinary action against a nurse who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor committed in the … Continue reading When should you self report to the Ohio Board of Nursing?

Who Monitors the Ohio Board of Nursing?

The Ohio Board of Nursing's mission is to "actively safeguard the health of the public through the effective regulation of nursing care." http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/ The Board is responsible for issuing licenses to nurses, to regulate the education of nurses, and to discipline nurses who have violated the provisions of the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. (R.C. 4723). … Continue reading Who Monitors the Ohio Board of Nursing?

Be honest when filing an application or renewal with Ohio Board of Nursing

Honesty is always the best policy when working with the Ohio Board of Nursing. Professionals should know that before submitting information to a licensing authority the information must be accurate. Whether it is submitting the responses on an initial application for a license, or answering the questions on the bi-annual renewal of a license, the responses … Continue reading Be honest when filing an application or renewal with Ohio Board of Nursing

Nursing Board discipline .. when to take the deal

Each year, hundreds of nurses face a possible disciplinary action by the Ohio Board of Nursing.  Sanctions can include a reprimand, probation, suspension, license limitations, and even license revocation.  In many cases, the nurse is offered a Consent Agreement, which is similar to a plea bargain in a criminal case, in which the nurse can … Continue reading Nursing Board discipline .. when to take the deal

Nursing license suspension can result from a conviction

Under the Ohio Nurse Practice Act, R.C. 4723, the Ohio Board of Nursing can take an action against a nurse for criminal convictions, even if they are NOT related to the practice of nursing. R.C. 4723.28 (B)(3) allows the Nursing Board to take an action against a nurse who has been convicted of a misdemeanor … Continue reading Nursing license suspension can result from a conviction

What do I do when contacted by a Nursing Board Investigator?

In my practice I receive calls each week from nervous and frightened nurses who have been contacted either by telephone or letter from a Nursing Board or even Pharmacy Board investigator.  The question I am always asked is: Do I have to talk with the investigator? First, never speak with investigators without competent legal counsel. … Continue reading What do I do when contacted by a Nursing Board Investigator?