More About Conduct in Nursing:
As a nurse, you are duty-bound to care for and protect your patients. This notion is taught from the first day of nursing school — and is reinforced throughout your career. Yet too often, issues other than patient care seem to take priority in the world of nursing.
In California, anyone can make a complaint about a nurse to the board of nursing. Moreover, these complaints can be made anonymously online, via the Board’s website. These complaints can be about any number of issues, from alleged patient mistreatment to the more nebulous “unprofessional conduct.” When a nurse is accused of unprofessional conduct, it can have a serious impact on their career — and may even result in a loss of their license.
At the Law Office of Nicole Irmer, help nurses protect their licenses. If you have been accused of unprofessional conduct, we will fight for you. Please contact us today or call us at (619) 237-6310 to schedule a free initial consultation, where we will help you understand your rights and your options.
Registered nurses in California are regulated by the Board of Registered Nursing or BRN. This board of nursing governs all aspects of the practice of nursing, from nursing education and training to the practice of nursing to licensing to disciplinary action. The BRN consists of 9 members, including 4 members of the public and 5 registered nurses.
In addition to setting educational standards, approving California nursing programs, evaluating licensure applications, issuing and renewing licenses, and issuing certificates, the BRN performs a critical function: investigating complaints and taking disciplinary action. If a nurse violates the Nursing Practice Act (NPA), then the board of nursing may take action against his or her license. The NPA is located with Section 2700 of the California Business and Professions Code.
A patient, family member, coworker, employer or member of the public may file a complaint alleging that a nurse has engaged in illegal activities or has otherwise violated the Nursing Practice Act. A complaint may allege:
The BRN, via the NPA and other regulations, specifically states that the following actions are considered unprofessional conduct:
Importantly, this is not an exhaustive list of behaviors that may be considered unprofessional conduct.
Combined, this legal scheme makes it possible for nurses to be liable for “unprofessional conduct” for a wide range of behaviors, many of which have nothing to do with the inherent practice of nursing. Some examples that our office sees includes:
As a nurse, your license is your livelihood. At the Law Office of Nicole Irmer, we understand and respect the importance of your nursing license—and do everything within our power to protect it.
Widely known and respected for her compassion and diligence, Ms. Irmer approaches each case with attention and care. She advocates for nurses and other health care providers who are facing disciplinary action or being investigated for wrongdoing. Ms. Irmer has represented countless nurses throughout California and has the experience to defend your rights and protect your future.
If you are under investigation for or have a formal accusation of unprofessional conduct filed against you, please contact us immediately at (619) 237-6130 to schedule an initial consultation with a nursing license defense attorney.