What can I do about formal charges from the board
Dear Nancy replies:
It is assumed by formal charges you mean the board of nursing has filed a formal complaint against you and there will be a hearing before a hearing officer. There is no question you will need to retain a nurse attorney or other attorney to represent you in the hearing. Regardless of the allegations against you, the fact the board decided to take this route, as opposed to an attempt to enter into an agreed order with you or use another less formal outcome, speaks to the seriousness of the allegations.
You can identify nurse attorneys or other attorneys who represent healthcare providers in professional licensure disciplinary hearings by contacting your state or local bar association’s lawyer referral service. Bar associations have lawyer referral services that carefully screen their members and the members must meet certain requisites (e.g., number of years in practice) before they are listed in
Another way to obtain a lawyer to represent you is through The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (taana.org). The website has a direct link to its referral service. Just click on the link and follow the instructions when you get to the referral service page.
A third option is to ask your nurse colleagues if they have ever retained a nurse attorney or other attorney to represent them in a hearing before the board. Often times, the best way to locate an attorney is through another’s recommendation.