Florida License Defense for Nurses
Nurses provide necessary services to countless patients in Orlando and throughout the state of Florida. Although they work in stressful, chaotic environments, they are required to remain composed at all times. Attorney Jonathan Rose appreciates the hard work and sacrifices in being a professional medical provider. He fights aggressively to protect the reputation, assets, and careers of his clients, and helps alleviate the stress involved in defending nurse licensing claims that are often unfounded.
“I’m a licensed practical nurse. For a short period of time I worked at a nursing home that was poorly run. One night, a patient escaped from the facility. The facility blamed me, fired me, and filed a complaint against my license. I retained Jonathan Rose. He listened to my side of the story. He talked to my witnesses. He presented my case to the Department of Health and proved that that the allegations were completely false. The Department eventually dismissed my case. My nursing license means the world to me and Jonathan Rose prevented a false accusation from derailing my medical career and my future.”
Aggressively Defending You Every Step Of The Way
Mr. Rose has the knowledge and experience to effectively guide you through the following steps of the license defense process:
The complaint process: When you learn that a co-worker, former patient, or other individual has filed a complaint against you, it is important to talk to an attorney before taking any action or making any statement on the matter. Mr. Rose will help you seek a dismissal or reduced sanctions.
Probable Cause Panel: At this point, a prosecutor from the Department of Health will make a recommendation to the Probable Cause Panel as to whether probable cause exists in your case. Mr. Rose will protect you with a strong defense that seeks to prevent evidence of probable cause. If probable cause is not found, your case will be dismissed.
Challenging Allegations Of Drug Diversion
Accusations of drug diversion have become increasingly common for nurses in Florida. Drug diversion is defined as “diverting” a controlled substance from its original purpose. Allegations of drug diversion arise when a drug is pulled but does not reach its charted location or patient. However, as hospitals are busy, often chaotic environments, nurses are often asked or expected to pull controlled substances for other nurses. Drugs are misplaced. There have also been instances of Pyxis data being incorrect or corrupted.
When the suspicion of drug diversion arises, it often leads to an assumption that the nurse has a substance abuse problem. Mr. Rose understands that this is frequently not the case. He has the experience to build an aggressive defense from the start. By presenting the Department of Health with a strong case upfront, the chances of a dismissal or other successful resolution increase tremendously.
IPN Program Defense
When a nurse is suspected of having a substance abuse problem, the Department of Health may push him or her toward entering the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN). Even if your employer tells you that entering the program is the only way you can avoid discipline, it is very important to speak with an attorney who has experience defending substance abuse allegations before you enter IPN or any other program.
Lawyer Jonathan Rose is extremely familiar with the rules and regulations enforced by the Florida Board of Nursing and IPN. While there are times that IPN may be beneficial to a nurse who does in fact struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, it is not always the right option – especially for those who do not have addiction problems. Mr. Rose assists nurses in Orlando and throughout Florida.
Because nurses have access to numerous prescription drugs and work long, difficult hours, it is common for them to be accused or suspected of having an addiction – even when they do not. If a supervisor or co-worker reported that you exhibited signs of intoxication on the job, or if you have been notified of an investigation, it is important to speak with Mr. Rose immediately. Mr. Rose will carefully examine every aspect of your case in order to choose the best approach for you and your career.
Florida License Defense for Nurses
To get started on your defense, call Jonathan Rose at 407-894-4555, or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website.