I spoke with a nurse this week who was ordered to evaluated for chemical dependency evaluation by the State Nursing Board in response to the complaint involving allegations of impairment and suspected drug diversion.
The chemical dependency evaluator told the nurse, "if you are guilty, you don't need an attorney, but if you are really innocent, then you should hire an attorney."
What the frack does that mean? I think this evaluator has watched too many episodes of Law & Order or CSI. Guilt and being innocent are terms more relevant in a criminal case, not a State Nursing Board matter.
I hear this all the time from nurses who then rely on this "I am not an attorney but...." type advice.
I really wish chemical dependency counselors, therapists, and other folks without a law degree and a state law license would stick to their scope of practice, do what they were trained to do, and stop giving legal advice to nurses and stop trying to counsel and advise nurses on their legal options in these types of cases.
Also nurses, stop asking for and soliticing this type of advice from evaluators, counselors, and therapists because most of it is not accurate anyway in my opinion.
Yes, I am a little hot under the collar because these therapists, counselors, and evaluators wouldn't pull this crap with a physician or dentist. They would stay in their place and provide the services they were asked to provide.
What is it about nurses and a nursing license that makes everyone and their mother qualified to be a bootleg attorney and ready and willing to provide legal advice and counseling on something so important as the life, livelihood, and career of a nurse? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootleg
Although working in some healthcare facilities may feel like jail, nurses you are not in a prison environment where you need to rely on the advice of a bootleg attorney. Talk to a license defense attorney about a State Nursing Board matter.