This is the first post in a series which will discuss why Phoenix nurses should retain an attorney when they are facing suspension of their license by the Arizona Board of Nursing. I am writing on this topic because one may be wondering whether retaining counsel is worth the expense or whether they need a lawyer at all to deal with the process. I will be using my next several posts to provide information which is intended to help with the decision on whether to hire representation.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- Why Phoenix nurses should not face the Arizona Board of Nursing alone
- How an attorney can be of assistance when facing disciplinary proceedings
- The importance of building a record in the event an appeal becomes necessary
- Weighing the cost of representation against the cost of losing one’s license
There are many reasons why a Registered Nurse should consider these topics. First, many make the mistake of thinking their situation is something they will just explain to the Board and the matter is “no big deal.” The truth, however, is that any self-regulating profession, including nursing, takes misconduct of its membership seriously. Second, counsel can often assist by reaching a resolution with the disciplinary committee which can resolve the matter without a hearing. A lawyer will also help you to understand possible defenses. Third, should you need to appeal a suspension then it will be difficult to do so if you did not build an adequate record at the administrative hearing. Finally, the cost of representation is often small when compared to the loss of earning potential which comes with the loss of one’s career prospects.
If you are a nurse and are facing discipline or suspension then contact my office today to speak with a Phoenix licensing lawyer. I have extensive experience in defending those who face their professional board and I strongly believe that everyone is entitled to the most vigorous defense. I also represent those in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. My firm also assists Pima County residents in Tucson.