The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) handles complaints made against Texas nurses. It reviews every complaint it receives to determine if it has jurisdiction and if a violation of the Nursing Practices Act or Board rule occurred.
There are a few junctures during the BON investigation and disciplinary process in which an Agreed Order may be offered by the Board. An Agreed Order sets out sanctions against the licensee. It contains the requirements the nurse must complete, including any length of license suspension or probation, remedial education, or other disciplinary action. When an Agreed Order is accepted then the complaint is resolved and the investigation concluded.
Should I Sign the Agreed Order proposed by the Texas Board of Nursing?
Every case is different and without knowledge of the specific facts surrounding yours it is impossible to advise you to sign or not to sign. If the BON has proposed an Agreed Order to you, we urge you to consult with an experienced Nurse License Defense Attorney before accepting the Order.
It is important for you to understand that if you sign an Agreed Order, it will be part of your nurse license record. This mark on your record can have adverse employment effects either now or in the future.
If you enter into an Agreed Order and fail to fulfill your responsibilities under it, then the Board may open a noncompliance investigation and you may be subject to additional discipline, including possible revocation of your nursing license.
The Board must provide due process. From the start and throughout the BON's investigation and disciplinary process you have the opportunity to defend your license. You also have the right to be represented by an attorney at every stage of a complaint. Your Nurse License Defense Attorney can help you craft initial responses to the BON's complaint, helping you mount a strong defense from the start. Hiring an attorney serves to protect your license, reputation, financial interests, and your career.
Hire an Experienced Nurse License Defense Attorney
If you have been notified of a complaint filed against you with the Texas Board of Nursing, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We are experienced BON license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate BON's complaint process. We are prepared to represent you at any legal hearing or proceeding regarding your professional license.
Our Firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced Board of Nursing license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case. Our results speak for themselves.
BERTOLINO LLP represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. If you are facing disciplinary action from a professional licensing board, contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.