I was denied licensure due to a DWI six years ago, I have requested an appeal, what is the proceeding that will follow? Should I seek representation?
Dear Nancy replies:
Each state board of nursing has different requirements concerning an appeal of a denial of a license. The different requirements include documents that must be filed, what evidence must be submitted for the appeal and the time frames within which an appeal must be filed. You indicated you did file the appeal, so it is assumed that you met the initial requisites for the appeal.
Because the procedure of regaining a license is state-specific, it is not possible to say what the next step is in this process. Clearly, it would be in your best interest to hire a nurse attorney or other attorney to represent you in this matter because not only must you prove you are clean and sober, and therefore worthy of the board’s trust to regain your license, but you also must meet the hearing requirements of the appeal (e.g.,witnesses, if any, and documents introduced into evidence to support you regaining your license). Your attorney knows these procedures and can direct you in meeting the requirements set forth by the board of nursing.
Sometimes a board of nursing’s decision may take some time when deciding about reinstating a license to an individual. Don’t be discouraged by this if it happens. The board has the overall responsibility to make sure the public is cared for by competent, capable and unimpaired nurses. If you meet those requirements, the only loss you will experience will be the time you have to wait for their