What is RN Guardian and Why is it Different than a Law Firm?
WHAT WE DO
RN Guardian was established as a membership based legal plan to allow nurses to proactively protect their RN or LVN licenses from Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) imposed discipline or revocation. The member can join RN Guardian for a low monthly or annual rate and if they ever find themselves under investigation, or the recipient of an Accusation against their RN or LVN license, they don’t pay another cent out of pocket to have a legal team of attorneys jump in to handle it.
However, most nurses do not look to protect their licenses until they need to. So RN Guardian also offers Registered Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses a way to defend their RN or LVN licenses for low flat fees. As a member of RN Guardian, the nurse gets access to a small and elite team of vetted expert attorneys who have handled hundreds of cases like theirs. The nurse gets the most experienced and successful attorneys in the business for a dependable flat rate and of course, if any issue ever comes up again, they are covered for that issue by their membership.
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
RN Guardian is different from traditional law firms in its level of oversight. If a nurse calls a law firm, they will be assigned to an attorney who may or may not have experience in defending that specific type of case. If the nurse is unhappy with the attorney or has questions about how the attorney is handling their case, there is very little recourse, other than firing the lawyer and losing the retainer fee. With RN Guardian, the nurse is assigned to a lawyer who has handled dozens, if not hundreds of cases, just like theirs. If they have questions about how the case is being handled, or are unhappy with the assigned attorney, the nurse simply calls one of the partners and the matter is explained or a new attorney is assigned.
WHY WE ARE LESS EXPENSIVE
One would think that utilizing a service like RN Guardian would cost more than simply retaining a firm privately but that is almost never the case. Because RN Guardian is dedicated 100% to the defense of RN and LVN licenses and those licenses alone, our attorneys have handled thousands of those cases. This level of experience translates into efficiency and dependability in the fees, which is why RN Guardian’s attorney’s fees are flat. After a decade, we know exactly how much time each type of case takes. Attorneys bill by the hour. Our clients pay for the average amount of time their specific case takes, no more, no less. If a nurse was to retain a traditional law firm to defend them in an investigation into their license and then again once an accusation was filed, the traditional frim would require a minimum retainer of $10,000.00. At $350.00/ hour, $10,000 goes quickly and there is no cap on the amount the nurse may end up spending. At RN Guardian, we know that an investigation review takes an average of 4. 3 hours. We know that investigation representation takes 10 hours. We know that a nurse does not have to go to a hearing (that takes 25 hours) but the case can be settled in 11.4. These are the fees our clients pay, not some arbitrary $10,000 that may require an additional $2000.00 to $5000.00 down the road! Not only that, but you pay the fee for the work that needs to done at the time, not some massive fee that encompasses every possible worst case scenario and sits in our bank account for a year and half while you eat ramen to pay for it!
OUR SOLE PASSION AND FOCUS IS YOU
Finally, RN Guardian’s most glaring difference from a traditional law firm is in its service to the individual nurse. If a RN or LVN calls a traditional law firm to get information on defending their license from BRN discipline, they typically speak to a receptionist, an office manager, a paralegal or a low level associate. The intake person will take their name and information, provide very little information or if they do, it is vague and then ask for a $10,000.00 retainer to move forward. When you call RN Guardian, you speak to a Partner of the company. You speak to someone who has overseen literally thousands of cases. You speak to someone who spends as much time as you need, who will explain the entire process and offer an honest opinion of what the likely outcome of the specific case will be. RN Guardian will tell you if you if you even need an attorney or if it’s something you can handle on your own. We will tell you that it can wait or needs to be dealt with immediately. You speak to someone whose passion and focus is saving nurse’s licenses and nurse’s licenses alone and then you get an attorney whose sole purpose is to save yours.