Registered Nurses with a Gross Negligence Accusation: Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  I am a Registered Nurse and I received a Gross Negligence Accusation from the BRN. Will I lose my nursing license?

  1. 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 license if you have an attorney represent and counsel you through this process. The Board of Registered Nursing takes gross negligence complaints very seriously and I can promise that you will be contacted by them and they will attempt to discipline your RN License.

Q.    What are my chances of keeping my nursing license if I have gross negligence accusation from the Board?

  1. These accusations are among the most difficult to defend because the hospital or facility has all the documentation, the charts and the proof. Gross Negligence allegations in nursing are also often very technical in nature. If your accusation is based on something like oxygen saturation levels, you will need the help of an expert. Your chances of keeping your RN License will always be better with RN Guardian panel attorney.

Q.    What should registered nurses with a gross negligence accusation expect from the Board and if they’re being accused?

  1. You should expect to be contacted and you should expect to have to fight for your license. 1.) You may be contacted by the BRN’s investigator who will want to ask you some questions. 2.) You will receive a formal accusation from the BRN calling for suspension or revocation of your RN license.

Q.  What should I do if I’m a nurse and I am being accused of Gross Negligence?

  1. Document everything. If you know the specific incident that was the cause the Gross Negligence complaint, write down everything that you can possibly remember about the incident. Write down the names of anyone and everyone who could have been involved. Write down times and chronological orders. Remember, the facility or hospital has all of their documentation at their disposal. You have your memory, your word and hopefully, your lawyer.