Our appreciation goes out to all healthcare professionals on the front line and our sincerest thoughts are with our community both locally and afar. During these unprecedented times, The Law Office of Nicole Irmer, as an essential business, remains open and available to help. If you need assistance maintaining or applying for a professional license, of if you have been contacted by a Board or DCA investigator, please do not hesitate to contact us at (619) 237-6130.

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Board of Registered Nursing – Filing of a Formal Accusation

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Board of Registered Nursing Accusation To initiate disciplinary proceedings, the Board of Registered Nursing must first notify the individual nurse. This is accomplished by filing an Accusation. An Accusation is a formal pleading document which outlines all of the reasons the California Board of Registered Nursing is seeking discipline against the nurse, as well as… read more


The Licensing Board’s Investigation Process is a Formal Process & Could Result in Substantial Penalties

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Investigation by the DCA or Board Enforcement Unit If you receive a phone call or letter from a Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) or Board investigator (Medical Board of California, California Board of Psychology, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or the California Board of Registered Nursing) your professional license could be in jeopardy. The… read more


Mandatory Reporting for Healthcare Practitioners

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Many professionals are required to report when they suspect that child or elder abuse has occurred. Although one may have been educated to the requirements for mandatory reporting, it is important to be cognizant of the strict rules regarding mandatory reporting. What professionals are Required to Report Suspected Abuse Medical Professionals: Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists,… read more


Registered Nurse Accused of Practicing Outside the Scope of his License – Issued Reproval

Posted in News,Licensing Defense

The California Board of Registered Nursing makes it very clear that nurses are not allowed to issue or dispense medication without a prescription from a medical physician. Recently a RN Client was accused of practicing outside the scope of his license and dispensing medication without a standing order or prescription; a formal Accusation was filed…. read more


Physical Therapist Accused of Entering into a Relationship with Patient Maintains License

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The California Board of Physical Therapy, like the Medical Board of California, has a strict prohibition against having romantic relationships with clients. The act of commencing an intimate relationship is not only a violation of the Medical Board of California/ Physical Therapy Board of California’s Practice Act, it can also result in criminal charges. If… read more


2018 DEA Intensifies Investigations & The MBC Enters Into an Interagency Agreement Aimed at Excessive Prescribing

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DEA Investigates Excessive Prescribing On January 30, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that over the next 45 days there would be an escalation in the number of DEA investigations focused on physicians who “excessively prescribe” narcotics, specifically opioid medications.  The goal of this escalation — to fight the declared “opioid crisis in America.” The… read more


Destroying Arrest Records Pursuant To Penal Code Section 851.8

Posted in Licensing Defense

If you (or a family member) have been wrongfully arrested and the prosecutor decides not to pursue charges, or perhaps dismisses charges that had been filed – the nightmare is behind you or so you thought. Many people are unaware that such an arrest may still be on their Criminal History Record because they never… read more


Medical Spas: Administering Botox, Collagen, And Restylane In California Is A Medical Procedure And Is Regulated By The Medical Board Of California

Posted in Licensing Defense

A new evolution in Medicine has emerged- the Medical Spa. Medical Spas have become a booming and profitable industry providing Botox, Collagen, and Restylane. These spas are now heavily regulated by licensing agencies.  This new industry is re-defining traditional medical treatment, and in doing such has created confusion for many medical professionals- with many thinking… read more


Consequences Of Excessive Prescribing- California Business And Professions Sections 725(A) & (B)

Posted in Licensing Defense

It has been a long day of seeing patients, after finally sitting down and ready to catch-up on charting there is an interruption from the telephone — it is a Medical Board Investigator with the Health Quality Investigation Unit requesting your cooperation with a subpoena for a patient’s medical record(s).  The investigator indicates that her… read more


New Uniform Standards For Licensees With Substance Abuse Issues

Posted in Licensing Defense

Being a health care professional is a rewarding career but also comes with its demands and stressors. The profession can require working long hours to help others in physical and emotional need, thereby sacrificing the healer’s personal and family life. The pressure on the health care professional may be overwhelming and if not addressed constructively… read more