How Long Does a BRN Discipline Stay Linked to My RN License?

by | Mar 1, 2012

How Long Does a BRN Discipline Stay Linked to My RN License?

Having discipline from the BRN linked to your nursing license can be an extremely stressful situation, leading to panic or even sleepless nights. If you faced suspension or revocation of your license, you’re probably wondering “How soon you can get my license reinstated?”. Or if you did not face suspension, in the least you’re likely worried, “How long does disciplinary action stay linked to my RN license?”

No matter what the cause that led to discipline from the BRN, it is always recommended to seek expert legal counsel as you proceed with the it’s be best to seek expert legal counsel to get your consequences reduced.

Our staff of expert license defense attorneys have represented hundreds of nurses in their RN License defense cases and we can increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome. 95% of the time our clients keep their license, or successfully petition for reinstatement.

Getting Back My Nursing License

Whether you’re an experienced nursing professional or a student, remember it’s not the end of the road. With the right licensing attorney, you can take the appropriate course of action that will help you get back to work as soon as possible.

Reasons for Revocation of RN License

There’s a variety of reasons that may lead to the suspension or revocation of a nursing license. Some of the most common grounds are gross negligence, indiscipline, unsuitable patient care practices, or accusations filed by patients or healthcare practitioners.

Procedure to get the RN Reinstated

The first step in getting back your nursing license is to petition the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). It can be a challenging process without the right legal counsel to represent you. The process may involve initial investigations, submission of several documents and supporting evidence, and even filing of appeals in some cases. Then there will be a board hearing for evaluating whether it would be safe for patients or consumers if your nursing license were to be reinstated. Therefore preparing and practicing for the hearing will be an additional critical step.

How Long Does My Probation, Letter of Reprimand or Revocation of my RN License Remain Public Record?

How long does a disciplinary record stay on the nursing record? The Board of Registered Nursing in California has recently begun posting the time frames in which a nurse’s license discipline remains public record on the BRN’s website. For citations and fines and letters of Public Reprimand, the discipline will remain attached to your license for 3 years.

For probation with or without suspension, the discipline will remain attached to your nursing  license for 10 years after the probation has been completed. For revocation of your RN license or surrender of your RN license the discipline will remain attached to your license indefinitely.

Unlike other government entities, there is no option or ability to have a disciplinary matter before the Board of Registered Nurses “expunged”, eliminated or withdrawn. You cannot appeal to have your “file amended” as you would in an employment setting. Once your registered nursing license has been disciplined, you are stuck with it for 3 years, 10 years or for the remainder of your career. This is why it is so imperative to seek the help of experts and legal professionals. Our lawyers are often able to reduce disciplines from suspensions and revocations to probations, probation to letters of reprimand and citations or fines.

Get in Touch With Us

Call us right away if you are in the midst of an accusation, investigation or offer to participate in the Board’s Diversion Program. It’s time to stop worrying about “How long a disciplinary action stays on your nursing record” or “Is it possible to get your license reinstated ever”. The best thing you can do is empower yourself with all of the facts and then make an informed decision based on what is best for you, your career and your finances. Will we listen to your individual issue, answer all of the questions you have, and help you obtain assistance if you want and need it.

We have experience with nearly every professional licensing board in the state, so even if you’re a physician who needs help, give us a call.

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