Many Alabama Nurses feel like the Board is “out to get them” and many tell us that they feel like everyone is against them. While it may seem differently, the Alabama Board of Nursing is simply working to fulfill its duty to protect the public and enforcing the Alabama Nurse Practice Act and the administrative rules associated with the practice of nursing in Alabama. During the investigative stage of the process, what you do and say can and will be used against you by the board, and depending on what surfaces during the investigation and ultimately a hearing, your license to practice as a nurse may be impacted. The outcome can lead to discipline including having a public record, probation, license suspension — or worse – revocation.
The mission of the Alabama Board of Nursing is to safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of the public through licensing and approval of qualified individuals and adopting and enforcing legal standards for nursing education and nursing practice.
- It is NOT the Board’s responsibility to protect you or your career as a licensed nurse. The Board has no duty to you – the Nurse – and the only duty is to protect the public.
This is why it is YOUR responsibility to protect yourself and the investment you have made into your education and career as an Alabama Nurse. If you find yourself in a situation where you are being asked to provide information to or appear before the Alabama Board of Nursing — at the very least — you should contact an Alabama Board of Nursing Lawyer at Kreps Law FIrm, LLC to discuss the issues surrounding the investigation and hearing and determine how best to protect your license and good name.
Do you have a Board hearing approaching? Safeguard your career and license by getting professional legal help as soon as possible. At Kreps Law Firm, our Alabama board of nursing attorneys are ready to talk to you. You can call or contact us today for a free consultation. We defend Alabama Licensed Nurses and applicants located throughout the United States.
The lawyers representing the Alabama Board of Nursing are professional and experienced. They will act within their obligations to their client – the Board – and seek to discipline you and your Alabama Nursing Licensing if they feel there is just cause to do so. You know that the Board will have a lawyer on their side and it is a huge mistake for you not to have an Alabama Board of Nursing Lawyer to help you. Generally, the types of discipline that can be imposed by the Alabama Board of Nursing include a public reprimand, probation, suspension or revocation. The Board can impose fines and restrictions or require that you have an evaluation for treatment and complete any treatment recommendations prior to returning to practice.
Board actions may include:
- Administrative fine. (For disciplinary purposes, the board may adopt, levy, and collect administrative fines not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) per violation and may institute any legal proceedings necessary to effect compliance with this chapter against its licensees). NOTE: These means that if you have 10 violations in the complaint against you that you could be fined up to $10,000.
- If based on you and your history and the current situation you qualify for it, then the board might give you the option of entering the voluntary Disciplinary Alternative Program (VDAP). This program was set up to promote early identification, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation of any licensed nurse whose competence is found to be impaired or compromised because of the use or abuse of drugs, alcohol, controlled substances, chemicals, or other substances or as a result of a physical or mental condition rendering the person unable to meet the standards of the nursing profession. The intent of the program is to provide a voluntary alternative to traditional disciplinary actions.
- Even if you do not qualify for VDAP, the Board may require that you have a substance abuse/use or mental health evaluation at a Board approved provider and compete any treatment required.
- Public reprimand or censure for minor violations, often with no restrictions on license
- Imposition of requirements for monitoring, remediation, education or other provisions tailored to the particular situation
- Limitation or restriction of one or more aspects of practice (e.g., probation with restrictions, limiting role, setting, activities, hours worked)
- Separation from practice for a period of time (suspension) or loss of license (revocation or voluntary surrender)
- Remediation (various educational content, courses or exercises)
- The Board also has the option of issuing a letter of closure or letter of admonishment.
You should never blindly accept any disciplinary finding as this will go on your permanent record. Depending on the severity of the alleged conduct and It is much easier to fight any issues from the beginning, than to seek relief on appeal later as the standard is almost an impossibility.
Handling the defense of Alabama Board of Nursing cases is not just something that we happen to do. Our level of love and understanding of the healthcare field and the professionals that operate within runs very deep in the heart and soul of Mr. Kreps.
Kreps’ mother is a registered nurse in Alabama and he grew up being around nursing through and through. Kreps’ father was a patient in a long-term care facility for the last 2 years of his life and Mr. Kreps was the primary overseer of his medical care, his finances and his affairs. For 2 solid years until his passing in 2019, Kreps was in and out of the facility almost daily and sometimes multiple times per day. Kreps was directly involved with all kinds of healthcare professionals and many nurses. Bottom line is – we get it – the good, the bad and the wonderful.
In addition, many many years ago before Kreps decided that he was going to go to law school he considered a career as a physician. In exploration of that possible career path, Kreps went on medical mission trips across the world and also worked for several years in a nursing capacity in several hospitals in different cities throughout his time in college. This experience has proven to be priceless in his defense of the Health Care Professionals that he is called to represent. When a nurse or other health care professional is describing a situation it is usually something that Kreps personally witnessed, heard about or is very familiar with having worked in hospitals and grown up with a mother who was a nurse and his wife of 17 years who is a pharmacist (Kreps wife is an Alabama pharmacist and handles consulting matters for long-term care facilities and the physicians that oversee those patients).
Healthcare has changed in the United States a lot over the last 20 years. Some of it very good and some of it very bad. Nurses nowadays tend to be overworked and stressed out and often times it can be a thankless job. Our clients always tell us that we gave them hope on their case and that now they feel better about it and that is our mission in life.