The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Clint Eastwood and Unforgiven are two of my favorite movies.
What is unrepresentable? Well, first it is not an acceptable word but that has never stopped me before....
Nurses when you represent yourself for so long in:
1. a State Nursing Board investigation, adjudication, or post-disciplinary monitoring;
2. You are involved in a med mal or nursing malpractice cases that transitions to a Board of Nursing investigation, adjudication, or post-disciplinary monitoring;
3. A criminal case that transitions into a Board Alternative Program monitoring and/or Board Disciplinary Action and post-disciplinary monitoring
you may become UNREPRESENTABLE. I can actually see this as nice legal drama and cowboy movie.
Unrepresentable means attorney representation, counseling and/or advising is of no benefit to you because of YOU; its usually not the case because all cases can be worked through, it may take time, but.... You are unwilling to see anything in the case but your own point of view. Most of the time it involves taking a victim approach and that you are being picked on for whatever reason by whomever and "this" is the result.
There is also a tendency to see everything as "Me against the State Nursing Board." Sorry, but you are no Tupac and "Me against the World" has no place or meaning when defending your license in a disciplinary investigation, hearing, or post-monitoring period. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_Against_the_World
I am seeing this with nursing students, NCLEX Applicants, LPNs, RNs, and APRNs who have represented themselves over a period of months or years in State Nursing Board cases and who really would have been benefited from legal representation and counseling and advising earlier: days, weeks, months, or years earlier.
I don't think a nurse can appreciate just how much impact these types of cases can have on you until it happens to you. You of course take it personal but its not personal; its a complaint against you in your professional capacity and therefore it should be handled professionally. This is why you don't represent yourself and you have someone helping you.
However, the benefits of representation, counseling, or advising are lost in the present and the "now" as well as in the future because of the past. We all have crap in our closet that we don't want to come out (you are not perfect) but if the crap in your closet is directly or indirectly related to the State Nursing Board complaint, guess what? The closet has to be cleaned up somewhat. I like to use a cleaning combination of bleach, holy water, and baking soda.
I don't have a "S" on my chest. But I do have a pair of red boots and you certainly won't catch me in a Red Cape (at this time of the year anyway in the Midwest) for SUPER Nurse Defense Lawyer. But I will probably wear my red blood red cape to see this movie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1486185/.
Sorry, but I cannot fly (I can barely walk in my Red Hot Red Knee Boots) around the State Nursing Board Office at the speed of light and turn back time to the exact point in time where if you knew then what you know now, you would have proceeded differently before the State Nursing Board.
Some nurses do just fine representing themselves in State Nursing Board cases. But how do you know if this will be you? How do you know depending on the allegations in your case if you can adequately represent, counsel, and advise yourself before the State Nursing Board?
You don't know what you don't know until you find out you didn't know.
If you are trying to save a few dollars and you are representing yourself, read up and arm yourself with the knowledge and information you need. But, when you get to that point, where your gut and instinct says:
1. I don't know what the hell I am doing here!;
2. Your license is suspended and you don't know why?;
3. You are signing legal documents from the State Nursing Board faster than you sign and cash your income tax refund check;
4. You feel as if you are backing yourself in a corner;
5. You are unsure of what you need to do next; or
6. You are becoming overwhelmed with the process
Its time to contact an attorney now instead of waiting until you are unrepresentable. Some nurse license defense attorney won't tell you this and hell depending on how the legal fees are structured some will take your case on a hourly basis at $200.00 or $250 an hour with a 5k evergreen retainer and "go as hard as" you can afford to pay if those are your wishes. Go Johnny, Go! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMY5VGYh2Go
If you are struggling in a complaint investigation pending against your licnese, obtain an objective opinion or advise from a license defense attorney about the past, present, and future of your nursing license. Just my two cents!!