If you are scheduled to appear before the State Nursing Board or if you have a hearing scheduled before the State Nursing Board and if you are seeking attorney representation, counseling, and advising, contact an attorney ASAP.
One nurse contacted me two days before a State Nursing Board appearance in one state and the morning before a Board conference to discuss a Cease & Desist Order. I was available to represent the nurse and fee I quoted was naturally expensive.
Another contacted me one week before a scheduled hearing and another has contacted me two weeks prior to a hearing. Better late than never some would say, right?
In a perfect world, there would be no State Nursing Board complaints or nurses would be appointed an attorney for representation before the State Nursing Board. But this isn't a perfect world as we all know.
Retaining an attorney at the last minute is more expensive and your case may not receive the time and attention it should have prior to the scheduled hearing. This isn't Law & Order (okay its Nursing Law & Order) where one can prepare for a hearing in 5 minutes. There is a laundry list of pre-hearing motions and discovery that should take place and may not take place if you retain an attorney at the last minute.
The fee quoted by an attorney may be double or triple what you would have normally paid because of scheduling conflicts and last minute preparation for the hearing in the event a continuance isn't granted. Yes, that's right a request for a continuance may be denied for a variety of reasons. You are not gaining any type of edge or tactical advantage (in my opinion) by waiting until the week of or the month of a hearing and hiring an attorney. For some nurses it takes time to obtain the retainer fees to hire an attorney and this may be the reason why an attorney is retained right before a hearing. BUT if at all possible don't wait until 11:45 am to hire an attorney for a hearing at 12noon.