Whether you were caught by surprise or not, learning that your nursing license is under investigation can be stressful. You risk a license suspension, revocation, or other disciplinary actions depending on the outcome. It could draw curtains on your nursing career.
Therefore, it helps to know what to do in such a situation. Your response to the pending investigation could make a huge difference. Here is what you need to do.
Understand the reasons for the investigation
In most cases, you will be notified that you are under investigation and provided with a general statement outlining the alleged violations. Understanding why you are under investigation is crucial to help you respond appropriately.
It helps to have a record of all documents related to the investigation, such as patient information and diagnostic reports, among others. Such information will help avoid unnecessary delays or loss of crucial evidence that could help your case. Remember to keep a record of any correspondence with the investigators.
Cooperate with the investigation
It’s crucial to cooperate with the investigation process. This includes responding promptly to all requests for information or documentation, attending meetings with the nursing board and complying with any directives.
Understandably, you may be under a lot of pressure and stress. However, it is essential to remain professional. Avoid discussing the investigation with colleagues or patients, and refrain from making public statements about the matter.
Seek legal representation
Your career and livelihood may be on the line if your nursing license is under investigation. As such, it is in your best interests to have qualified counsel as soon as you get notice of the investigation to protect your interests and advise on the steps to take.