Cleveland Nursing License Defense Attorney

Obtaining your Ohio nursing license was one of the most important components relating to your career. Having to deal with the Ohio Nursing Board is also incredibly stressful. With a possible denial of your licensure application or the risk of losing your nursing license because of allegations that have been made against you, your reputation and career are at stake.

This is when it is important to contact a Cleveland nursing license defense attorney who has extensive experience when it comes to professional license defense problems and can assist you with defending your career and nursing license.

The team of expert license defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates has represented many nurses each year with problems that have threatened their nursing licenses. Our lawyers are also more than willing to represent nurses before the administrative courts, the Ohio Board of Nursing, and the State Circuit Court.

Call our offices today at 440-471-7784 for a free consultation.

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Cases Handled By Our Nursing License Defense Lawyers

Here are some of the case types our lawyers can handle:

Drug Diversion

Drug Diversion is the misappropriation of prescription medication without receiving legal authorization. For a nurse, this could mean an accusation of drug diversion relating to different issues including Pyxis errors, failure to waste properly, and stealing narcotics (prescription medications) from an employer or hospital.

Our team of nursing license lawyers has a lot of experience handling both federal and state drug diversion cases, along with other drug crime and administrative cases.

DUI With a Nursing License

Many nurses in the state of Ohio have had their nursing licenses revoked due to a DUI. While others have been subjected to invasive, expensive, and lengthy monitoring requirements by the impairment program provided by the state.

Many nurses make the mistake of entering the impairment program without first contacting a defense attorney. Our lawyers are focused on helping nurses protect not only their nursing licenses but also their abilities to practice without any monitoring requirements.

Failing a Drug Test

The lawyers at Patituce & Associates regularly represent Cleveland doctors and nurses that have failed drug tests. Many nurses have failed these drug tests due to marijuana, pain medications, alcohol, or benzodiazepines.

In most cases, nurses will be accused of drug diversion and then testing positive for a drug. Failing an employer-ordered or pre-employment drug test is often a very grave matter. In most cases, nurses that fail drug tests have their employment terminated.

Nursing License Suspension

Nursing licenses are suspended for a range of reasons, including fraud and drug convictions, probation violations, positive drug tests, and not complying with an impairment program. Our attorneys have successfully assisted many nurses when it comes to restoring their licenses following a suspension.

Criminal Convictions

Unlike many law practices that only handle nursing licensing disputes, our law firm has experienced criminal defense lawyers. We have helped nurses that were facing criminal charges along with representing nurses that have to deal with disciplinary action caused by failing to report criminal convictions in a timely manner.

We can also help you if you have had a prior conviction when you need help to report the conviction to the Board of Nursing and/or the state and we can also help you to obtain your nursing license even when you have a criminal history.

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What Is the Ohio Board of Nursing Investigation and Hearing Process?

The Ohio Board of Nursing is tasked with investigating many types of complaints. Some of the main ones include:

  • Patient abuse
  • Past conduct that may affect the ability of a person to obtain their license
  • License application process
  • Negligence or unsafe methods in practice
  • Medication errors
  • Inappropriate relationships or contact with patients
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Impairment when it comes to the ability to practice due to alcohol abuse, mental illness, or chemical dependency

Initially, the Ohio Board of Nursing will gather information through the process of an investigation. This will typically include a statement and an interview with the nurse. From here the board will determine whether to provide a “consent agreement,” close the matter, or proceed to the next step, which would involve a formal disciplinary hearing.

Can the Cleveland Nursing License Defense Attorneys Help With Other Issues Related to Nursing Licenses?

Here are a couple more nursing license issues we are experienced in handling:

Difficulty Obtaining a Nursing License

Patituce & Associates nursing license defense lawyers frequently help nursing students and nurses with disciplinary issues or prior criminal histories to obtain licensure. While the process might take longer when a nurse has a sanction or prior conviction, many issues don’t automatically stop a nursing student or nurse from obtaining his/her nursing license.

The legal team can help to present these problems to the Ohio Board of Nursing during the process of application and represent you if the Board of Nursing requires that you attend a hearing.

Reporting Actions and Convictions From Another State

Many nurses report criminal convictions and disciplinary actions without first consulting with a nursing license lawyer. Other nurses have made the mistake of failing to report such actions in a timely manner. Reporting an action will require a delicate balance between showing that you can safely practice while also making sure you do not divulge any information that may impact your license in a negative way.

The team of nursing license lawyers at Patituce & Associates in Cleveland, Ohio have helped many nurses to report criminal and disciplinary actions to the state and/or Board of Nursing.

Call Us Today for a Free Consultation With Our Cleveland Nursing License Defense Attorneys

Ohio Nursing Board violations are pretty serious and can result in suspension, fines, or revocation of your Ohio Nursing license. Revocation or suspension of your nursing license could jeopardize your financial future.

If you need help or more information when it comes to protecting your Ohio Nursing License, contact Patituce & Associates today at 440-471-7784 for a confidential and free consultation.

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