The Board of Nursing (BON) takes complaints about your nursing practice seriously, and so should you. FosterDanowsky attorneys can represent you at any and all points throughout the disciplinary process, from initial reporting and responding through informal settlement and, if necessary, representation at a formal hearing. We guide nurses through the required reporting of criminal arrests and convictions and issues arising during the application process, such as responding to a criminal history investigation.
If a complaint is brought against you, the Board of Nursing will first assign an investigator to gather facts about the circumstances surrounding the complaint. The investigator has access to many sources of information, including state records, witnesses, and experts. During the investigation, you will receive a notice that an investigation has been opened, and you will have an opportunity to respond. Once the investigator has received your response, contacted witnesses, and gathered evidence, he or she will write a report. The report will be reviewed by an attorney who will dismiss the matter or pursue it by issuing formal charges. These formal charges begin the prosecution process.
Under the Texas Administrative Practice Act (APA), you are entitled to an informal settlement conference prior to any formal hearing. If no settlement is reached informally, the case will proceed to a hearing before an assigned administrative law judge at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). At every stage, you have the opportunity to interact with the Board staff and every interaction affects the outcome of the case. FosterDanowsky can advocate on your behalf at every stage. As a professional who has achieved monumental academic, examination, and experience milestones in order to be licensed to practice nursing, investing in protection of your license is crucial.
Nursing is an honorable and respectable profession that allows practitioners to serve their patients in ways no one else can. If nursing is your chosen path, don’t let a single mistake stand in the way of fulfilling your dream. FosterDanowsky can help you with all licensure issues, so that you can help others.