I was contacted by a nurse via email this week. The nurse was convicted of aggravated assault several years ago. A Board of Nursing proposed to take action against her license based on the conviction. The nurse was offered a "contract" to resolve the complaint (the felony aggravated assault conviction and subsequent Nursing Board investigation). The nurse signed the contract. The contract suspended her license and provided terms for reinstatement of her license.
The nurse inquired whether she could retain an attorney to remove the permanent practice restrictions in the Board of Nursing contract.
The time to ask questions, voice concerns, and make comments about a Board of Nursing contract is prior to signing the contract. If you are provided with a Board of Nursing contract (Consent Agreement, Agreed Order, Public Reprimand, Consent to Discipline, etc.) consider consulting with an administrative law or licensure defense attorney.
Pay the consultation fee (normally $1500-$500) to have the proposed contract reviewed with you. You want to know how the proposed contract will impact your nursing career and the practical implications of nursing discipline and Board of Nursing monitoring. Contact The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) for an attorney referal www.taana.org, contact your state nurses association for a referral, or research nursing licensure defense or administrative law attorneys on the internet. Start with a google search of "nurse" "license" "defense" and your City or State.
I thanked the nurse for contacting me and responded that permanent practice restrictions on a license are in deed permanent.