The rise in nursing board investigations
The rise in nursing board investigations is evident both nationally and at the state level, particularly from 2019 to 2023. This period has witnessed a significant increase in disciplinary actions against nurses. Of concern is the frequent initiation of investigations based on anonymous reports from diverse sources, including competitors, ex-employees, current employees, and dissatisfied clients.
Recognizing the high stakes involved, nurses undergoing board investigations are urged to have legal representation from the outset to ensure due process is adhered to and to provide a fair opportunity for corrective measures. Given the significant implications of nursing board investigations, nurses are advised to treat these proceedings seriously from the beginning. In the event of inquiries from board investigators or visits from board members, it is essential to promptly contact a legal team and inform the board about legal representation, directing them to communicate through the attorney.