I received a phone call from a nurse who is involved in medical aesthetics and wanted to know his legal boundaries of practice.
Are you a self-employed nurses? If so, congratulations on the move to self-employment!!
As a self-employed nurse you may have practice concerns that arise and you may need legal counseling and advising. A state regulatory board (Nursing Board, Medical Board, Pharmacy Board, etc.) cannot provide you with legal advice related to your specific situation and individual factual scenario.
As a business owner, you may need assistance from an accountant for financial issues, from an insurance broker for the different types of insurance available, and from an attorney for legal representation, counseling, and advising.
Nursing professional associations including national, state, and specialty nursing associations can provide information and guidance to self-employed nurses however the associations generally do not provide legal advice, counseling, and representation. A few nursing professional associations offer workplace counseling and advising. This is not legal counseling and advising.
You can also network with other self-employed nurses in your specialty area to obtain information and ideas on how to resolve issues and problems that occur in practice. However keep in mind, for legal advise you must consult with and retain the services of a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.
No one likes to pay money for professional services and there is always something else you would like to do with your money, right? I cringe when I visit with my accountant even though I have worked with him since 1999 and trust his financial advice and counseling. Paying for professional services is a cost of doing business when you are self-employed nurse.
What are your thoughts?