Can My Inactive Nursing License Be Disciplined?

Nurses who hold multiple licenses in various states, or who have both LVN and RN licenses, often assume that if the license is inactive they don’t have to report convictions, worry about investigations or be concerned about license discipline. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Any nursing license, active or not, can be investigated and …

Why Bother Having My DUI Expunged if I’m a Nurse?

A criminal conviction for a Nurse Practitioner can be devastating to your career and the most common for NP’s are Driving Under the Influence, or DUI convictions.  In California, these records are automatically forwarded to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) enforcement unit and are usually followed by a formal accusation by the Board against …

What Happens If A NP Diverts From Diversion?

RN Guardian’s Panel Attorneys, Goyette & Associates’ have recently represented a number of Nurses who have either withdrawn or been removed from the Board of Registered Nursing’s Diversion Program. G&A attorneys have actually begun advising our clients that surrendering their license may be the best option, and we’ve been hearing that more and more frequently …

DID YOU GIVE UP YOUR LICENSE AND WANT IT BACK?

How To Petition the Board of Nursing for Reinstatement of NP License There are many reasons why a nurse may surrender his or her Nurse Practitioner License, but the catalyst is usually some disciplinary action from the Board of Nursing (BRN). I’ll use one of my case studies as an example: Nurse Lisa* has decided …

My Nurse Practitioner License Was Revoked, Can I Petition For Reinstatement?

If your Nurse Practitioner’s license was revoked, you can petition for reinstatement if you have met a few critical criteria: you’ve waited either 1 or 3 years, you have some evidence of rehabilitation and you have continued with your CE courses. Nurse Practitioners will lose their NP licenses for 2 reasons: They voluntarily surrender the …

What Do I Do if My NP License Application Was Denied?

Ever wondered what you can do if your NP license application is denied? Appeal the denial! There are probably one of four reasons your NP license was denied during the initial application to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians: You have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony You didn’t disclose a conviction …

Nurse Practitioners with a Gross Negligence Accusation: FAQs

Q.  I am a Nurse Practitioner and I received a Gross Negligence Accusation from the BRN. Will I lose my nursing license? This is one of those answers that seems overtly self-serving, but because I am not a lawyer I can say this: you will have a much better chance of keeping your registered nursing …