Complaint Filed Against A Nurse In Texas
In an average year, the Board receives more than 16,000 complaints against nurses. Anyone can file a complaint with the nursing board, including patients, families, co-workers, and employers – and their identity is kept confidential.
Some complaints never get investigated. The BON will not open an investigation if the complaints fall outside the board’s jurisdiction, do not contain enough information to identify the nurse, and/or are considered “minor incidents” that aren’t violations of the Nursing Practice Act.
The most common causes of complaints against nurses include:
- Nursing Practice Act violations
- substance abuse issues (from drugs, alcohol, or both)
- lying and falsification of documents (including patient records)
- violation of boundaries (including sexual misconduct)
- dishonesty, fraud, and deceit
- DUI or DWI
- criminal arrests
- diversion of drugs
If a BON investigation results in disciplinary action, this could impact your nursing career for years to come. During an investigation, you've the right to tell your side of the story and to have an attorney present during the entire license defense process, from complaint to final resolution.
It might seem like a complaint and/or investigation is “no big deal,” and you might hope for the best outcome. But disciplinary sanctions could impact not only your nursing license, but also your nursing career for years to come.
Please do not hesitate to call us and talk about your situation – that’s why we offer a free consult!
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Please note: Before becoming a lawyer, Kevin Keaney earned his BSN from the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a nurse for four years. He now has more than 30 years experience as an attorney and is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oregon, and Washington. He’s a member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA).