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Searching for an Alabama nursing license defense attorney? Were you recently terminated from employment as an Alabama Nurse and told to self-report or told that your employer will report you to the Alabama Board of Nursing? Are you facing disciplinary action due to a letter of investigation from the Nursing Board in Alabama or a Statement of Charges and Notice of Hearing Are you applying for licensure as a nurse in Alabama but have prior discipline or arrests in Alabama or another state? If you have any issues whatsoever going on with the Board in Alabama, you need an Alabama nursing license defense attorney. Call Kreps — We can help.
No one becomes a nurse overnight — it takes years of hard work, training, study and experience. It therefore follows that no one should become overwhelmed by the Board and throw away their nursing career with the stroke of a pen. Do not give up and throw in the towel without knowing your options and consulting with Kreps Law Firm, LLC.
Nursing Board matters in Alabama are serious business. That’s why you need an Alabama nursing license defense attorney at Kreps Law Firm. We understand what you are going through because we have represented countless professionals before the Alabama Board for the last 15+ years. Many Alabama nurses begin to panic when they are notified of an investigation or receive a call from an Alabama Nursing Board Investigator. That is where we come in — we will walk with you every step of the way and guide you to the best possible result on your case. You need an experienced Alabama nursing license defense attorney that has been through this process 100s and 100s of times. Fortunately for you, you’ve come to the right place.
As an Alabama registered, licensed practical or Advanced practice nurse, you have spent time and money in the pursuit of enriching your life with a career that defines your identity. Great nurses are special people overcome with an insatiable desire to help other human beings when they are sick or injured. You worked hard to get where you are, and it goes without question that where you find yourself right this minute is a scary place. Your professional life, your livelihood, and your family depend on you and your job to live the life you worked so hard for. Do not make the mistake of trying to navigate the Alabama Nursing Board Lawyer disciplinary process with a lawyer – it is a tough road to travel alone.
If you have received a notice of investigation or statement of charges and notice of hearing from the Alabama Board of Nursing, it is an alarming situation for any nursing professional, and one that cannot be taken lightly. The Alabama Board of Nursing has a primary responsibility to protect the public by investigating and pursuing complaints. Many Alabama nurses incorrectly assume that if you hire an Alabama Board of Nursing Lawyer that it somehow makes you look guilty. If the Board personnel didn’t think you were guilty following their investigation, then they would not bring charges. Hiring an attorney as soon as possible after an incident is crucial because we can control the flow of information and provide the information in a way that is more beneficial to you. Make no mistake about it – having a license to practice nursing is a privilege and not a right. The Alabama Board of Nursing disciplinary process is very different from a criminal case with all of the constitutional protections that are enjoyed. You do have a right to due process but also you have to follow the rules and provide information during an investigation.
Here is the reality
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.
Seek Professional Help from an Alabama Board of Nursing Lawyer
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.
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We hope that this helps you make sense of why it is necessary to have an experienced Alabama Board of Nursing Lawyer on your side when facing the Nursing Board in Alabama. It’s not something you want to face alone, and fortunately for you — you don’t have to. With 450+ 5-Star reviews, thousands of resolved charges, and over 15+ years of experience, Kreps Law Firm has been the natural choice for many.
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