Fort Worth Nursing License Defense Lawyers
Despite the constant sacrifices of nurses and nurse practitioners, some face allegations of misconduct or accusations of violations of standards of care. When facing these allegations, a nurse may not know where to turn for help, but legal help is often necessary as the consequences involved with allegations of misconduct can be extensive and serious.
Fortunately, the attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC know just how to help nurses in Fort Worth fight back against allegations of misconduct. They may even be able to prevent the loss of a nursing license as well as keep you record clean of any allegations and accusations against you.
How We Can Help
Nurses facing the loss of their license because of a professional inquiry can benefit from the advice and assistance of a nursing license defense attorney in several ways. Your attorney will have extensive knowledge about the following:
- The Disciplinary Process
- Cases of Chemical Dependency
- Cases of Criminal Conduct
- Standard-of-Care Cases
- Peer Review Actions
Obtaining legal representation to guide you through the legal process of facing accusations against your standard of care or your conduct is critical for those nurses who are threatened with the loss of their licenses to practice. Without this support, it’s far more likely that you will lose your license and be unable to support yourself and/or loved ones.
The Texas Board of Nursing
The Texas Board of Nursing is the entity that oversees nurses all over the state of Texas. Formerly the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, the Board upholds the Nursing Practice Act, the Texas Administrative Code and other guiding statutes such as the Health & Safety Code and Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code. This means that the Board is in charge of investigating any claims of violation for these rules and regulations, including standard-of-care violation accusations. Nurses who fall under the Board’s jurisdiction include RNs (Registered Nurses), LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses), and Advanced Practice Nurses like clinical nurse specialists.
The board has 13 members, 9 of whom are nurses and 4 of whom are public figures. The Board’s Executive Director runs day to day affairs at the Board including the processing of license applications and open records requests, as well as promulgating internal rules and procedures, developing policies and procedures on the handling of a variety of matters and managing more than one-hundred employees.
The Board will investigate two types of cases:
- Practice Related Cases
- Behavioral Cases
- Chemical Dependency
- Criminal History-Related
- Allegations of Mental Health Issues / Psychiatric Disorders
- Pain Management / Required Narcotic Consumption
If a nurse is facing accusations against him or herself, then he or she will face Board staff, rather than the Board itself. The staff comprises investigators, enforcement agencies, and the Texas Board of Nursing attorneys. The only times a nurse will face a Board member is if he or she is invited to attend a meeting of the Eligibility & Disciplinary Committee, or if he or she has been through the process of a hearing at the State Office of Administrative Hearings and this office sends the matter to the Board.
Upon investigations, the Board will offer disciplinary actions (possibly) for a variety of issues, if a nurse is found to have committed them. These grounds for discipline include the following:
- Standard of Care Violations
- Sexual & Personal Boundary Violations
- Fraud, Theft & Deception
- Chemical Dependency & The Intemperate Use of Drugs & Alcohol
- Lying & Falsification
- Failure to Comply with CE Requirements
- Failure to Timely pay Licensure Fees
- The Commission of a Criminal Offense
- Malpractice Suits & Judgments
- Other Conduct Likely to Deceive or Defraud the Public
If a nurse is facing these accusations or allegations, then he or she could also face disciplinary action such as the following:
- Administrative Penalty (Fine)
- Directive to Fulfill Neglected Obligation (Specific Performance)
- Public Reprimand
- License Restriction or Impositions on Practice
- TPAPN Directive
- Probation of a License Suspension
- Active Suspension as a Requirement of Probation
- License Revocation
All of these actions are possible if the Board staff finds allegations or accusations of misconduct to be true. But an experienced Fort Worth nursing license defense attorney can help protect you from such penalties with the help of a strong legal defense.
Contact a Nursing License Defense Attorney in Fort Worth
If you or someone you know is facing the loss of a nursing license because of accusations of misconduct, the attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC can help. Contact our offices in Fort Worth today by calling (512) 495-9995 to learn more about how we can help you build a defense intended to ensure that you don’t lose your nursing license.