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If you are a California Registered Nurse who has recently been arrested for a DUI, this question has been burning in your mind since you saw the flashing blue and red and they pulled you over. You thought about it all the way to the station. You thought about how the DUI was going to …Read More
The following is a non-exhaustive list of reasons the CA BRN may discipline your RN License. The recommended discipline in ALL of the following cases is revocation or suspension of the RN license. Incompetence or gross negligence. To direct another or to personally falsify and/or make grossly incorrect, grossly inconsistent, or unintelligible entries in any hospital, patient, …Read More
Jennifer, You most likely don’t remember me. My name is Kerstin and I was charged with a DUI for prescription medications and other crimes against humanity. (LOL) I would just like to advise all the nurses out there to talk with you before taking any actions. Receiving a diversion letter is terrifying to anyone with …Read More
Short answer: yes. Long answer: It is far easier and less expensive to keep the license from being revoked in the first place. RN Licenses can be revoked for all number of violations of the Nurse Practice Act (NPA), from first time DUI convictions, to gross negligence for mischarging or wasting errors, to giving …Read More
Any DUI is considered a violation of the Nurse Practice Act because it is using alcohol in a manner that is dangerous to one’s self or others. A first time DUI misdemeanor conviction can sometimes result in a citation and fine from the Board of Registered Nursing, especially if the blood alcohol level or BAC …Read More
If you have, or are suspected of diverting medication from your employer, “Drug Diversion” can mean 2 separate things. The first is following a criminal investigation and prosecution, you are offered Drug Diversion from the courts or what is known as a deferred judgment (CA Penal Code 1000). A deferred judgment means that if you …Read More
An Accusation from the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is an attempt to revoke a RN license and is usually the last step in an accusation of Gross Negligence. They do not just pop up out of nowhere and there will be many indicators before the Accusation from the BRN is eventually served on the …Read More
Should You Enter the BRN’s Diversion Program? The answer to whether you are a good candidate for the California BRN’s diversion program will depend on who you ask. If you ask the BRN itself, or you ask the program provider’s at Maximus, they will tell you yes, OH YES!!!!!, you should certainly enroll in the …Read More
The BRN’s Accusation De Jour: The Med-Spa / Practicing Medicine Without a License Complaint If I didn’t know better, I would think that the BRN as an entity was gearing up to run for public office, by the way it dances to the beat of the Media drum. In fact, the draconian BRN as we …Read More
Student Nurse Applicants Cannot be Denied a RN License Because of a Misdemeanor or Felony Conviction
STUDENT NURSES APPLYINNG FOR A LICENSE WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD: You cannot be denied your RN license based solely on a conviction. Criminally convicted student RNs, celebrate! That felony or misdemeanor criminal conviction that you’ve been freaking out about will not automatically result in the denial of your RN license! There is a colossal caveat …Read More
Did You Receive a Letter from the BRN? If it was about an investigation, diversion or an accusation, it is something to worry about…
The California BRN sends out very few written letters to registered nurses. You may receive the notice that your license is up for renewal. That’s fine… this one is nothing to worry about. Basically anything else that you receive from the CA BRN should be cause for concern and is a call to action. I’m …Read More
At the criminal level, there is not much difference between a DUI and a Wet and Reckless in California. Both will result in a point on your DMV record, both require a fine, both require DUI classes, and both are a misdemeanor criminal conviction requiring probation. So why is it SOOOOO important to a registered …Read More