I have a family member who is a RN/almost a RN who has stepped into some deep dog dudu in her personal life which will eventually impact her RN license or suitability to remain a RN here in Ohio. No, I will not handle her case but will refer it to one of my colleagues in Columbus, Ohio who practice nurse license defense.
I have three rules for my law practice:
1. Recognize red flag clients and refer out to other attorneys;
2. I don't represent child molesters or rapists before the State Nursing Board; and
3. I never, ever, ever, ever represent, counsel, or advise family members or friends on ANYTHING legal.
What is dudu? Its dog excrement. See http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dudu
Remember the famous slogan about Las Vegas, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? http://www.visitlasvegas.com/vegas/index.jsp
What happens in your personal life as a nurse does not necessarily stay in your personal life when you are a state licensed professional in some states or jurisdictions! Maybe in California, but certainly not in Ohio, Kentucky, and/or Indiana where I practice law.
For example, I can name two people I would literally like to slap in the face right now. I am serious and I would like it be a nice open hand slap that sounds likes a clap not a backhand "pimp slap." http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pimpslap
But what stops me from slapping those two people in the face are:
1. My RN license in Ohio;
2. My law license in Ohio;
3. My law license in Kentucky;
4. My law license in Indiana;
5. Its not hip to be arrested in your late thirties and I am 38 y/o;
6. I don't want a criminal conviction;
7. It would be personally and professionally humiliating for me as a license defense attorney to be involved in a criminal case, State Nursing Board investigation, and/or investigations of my law licenses;
8. I have learned to keep my hands to myself and to obey societal expectations for "normal" behavior;
9 I learned early to play nice in the sandbox; http://www.mostlymatt.com/2009/04/29/some-people-dont-play-nice-in-the-sandbox/ and
10. Actions have consequences and some consequences negate the short term benefit and "feel good" moment of the actions.
So RNs before you do something you know feels wrong or you know may be wrong, think about it? THINK. http://popup.lala.com/popup/360569449467838541
I was always told there is a thin line between love and hate http://popup.lala.com/popup/360569449464818050 but someone please sing me a song about the thin line between right and wrong.
So RNs before you do something you know or suspect is unprofessional, unethical, illegal, or just plain ornery, think about whether this action or inaction will have consequences for your nursing license, your nursing career, and your family.