This post concludes and recaps my series on why Phoenix Registered Nurses should retain an attorney to represent them during proceedings before the Arizona Board of Nursing. I decided to write on this topic because, unfortunately, some do not recognize the gravity of their situation when they face professional discipline. This mindset can lead one to believe that they do not need to immediately speak with counsel. Such persons are then surprised to learn that their professional career may be at jeopardy. The goal of my last several posts has been to provide information which will assist people in making a more informed decision when approaching their situation.
I have addressed several issues over my recent articles. Topics which I have looked at include:
- Why Phoenix nurses should hire a licensing attorney
- How an attorney can assist nurses facing suspension
- How nurses can build a record during disciplinary proceedings
- The cost of an attorney vs. the cost of a nursing license suspension
These are important topics for multiple reasons. First, many make the mistake of thinking that they will not face suspension when they receive a notice of upcoming disciplinary action. It is understandable that one may think that they will simply explain away their situation. Such professionals are shocked when they learn that they may lose their ability to earn a living. Second, there are many steps which an attorney will take to defend a nurse which the nurse may not realize are available to them. Third, by building a record at your disciplinary hearing your attorney can help to ensure that the possibility of an appeal is preserved. Finally, while hiring representation may seem expensive it is important to realize that it can seem much more reasonable when compared to the cost of losing one’s license.
One point that I have stressed through each of these posts is that you should contact a licensing defense lawyer immediately if you face disciplinary action from the Arizona Board of Nursing. Even if you do not believe that you necessarily need counsel, by simply going to a consultation you can gain a better understanding of your situation and you will be much more likely to know what to expect from the process as your situation moves forward. Many lawyers will offer a free consultation.
Contact my office today if require legal assistance. In addition to Phoenix, I also represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. My firm also assists Pima County residents in Tucson.