I terminated my legal representation of a nurse in the past because this nurse was just too difficult to deal work with in a professional relationship. Also the nurse refused to accept any responsibility or accountability for the actions or even acknowledge the obvious.
We remained professional with the nurse at all times but I should have terminated the representation earlier. I shook my head when I received the correspondence requesting the client file from the new attorney of the nurse because I would not wish that client on any lawyer.
The nurse developed a case theory the nurse just knew would work.
I told the nurse in a nutshell even if we pretend, this ain't CSI; it is Nursing Law & Order.
Anything is possible, Neo but let's discuss the probabilities because this ties into the burden of proof and persuasion.
The spouse of the nurse berated me for not "trusting in and believing in" the nurse. FTW, you are kidding me, right?
I trust and believe Jesus died for my sins.
The spouse told me the nurse would be CLEARED of all charges at a Nursing Board hearing with a new attorney who trusted and believed.
I thought to myself: maybe an imaginary hearing with the Snow White as a hearing officer but certainly not a formal adjudication in an administrative law matter.
The nurse was nasty. This nurse was my nastiest client. By the way, I fired my first, second, and third nastiest clients. Life it too short to deal with nasty clients because I love what I do. I don't want to start calling off at work, taking extended FMLA leaves, or start smoking and then disappearing for 2 hour smoke breaks before and after my lunch smoke as a coping mechanism.
By nasty here I am referring to a aggressive disposition, a disruptive personality, condescending tone with everyone, emotional and uncontrollable outbursts ranging from excitement to panic to sadness to rage in 15 minutes, etc. I don't know whether to continue to take notes or make a run to an exit but not before closing the door to lock Jack in the room.
I am a counselor; a counselor at law that is pumpkin, not a therapist unless you need legal therapy. I guess I am a Legal Therapist. LOL. My office hours are 11:30pm to 11:45pm every 3rd Tuesday of any month ending with the letter "r" or "y" if you need assistance. I see clients, return calls and answer emails or texts and conduct business only during the stated office hours.
Back to Nasty.
Nasty Nasty; and now
Disciplined Nasty. I mean Disciplined Hard. I had to read and then re-read the discipline. No hearing by the way: settled.
Just a word of practical advice:
1. Allow your license defense attorney to assist you in developing your legal strategy;
2. Be honest with your lawyer; why pay your a lawyer and then lie to your lawyer?
That's like going to a weight loss clinic and saying you don't want pills; you just came in to be weighed. It makes no damn sense;
3. Don't watch CSI and try to develop conclusions of law and findings of fact for your case based on a CSI episode. It is Nursing Law & Order; and
4. I zealously represent my clients and I counsel and advise my clients. But remember I critically think for a living. I make my money critically thinking about nursing and the law. All day. Remember this when you retain me and start to shovel the ......
5. Life is too short to be nasty to anyone trying to help you help yourself.
Even though you were Super Nasty, I wish you the best with:
a. Securing employment during the years your nursing license is suspended;
b. Meeting the terms/conditions for the reinstatement of your nursing license;
c. Securing nursing employment during your Nursing Board probationary period;
d. Meeting the terms and conditions of your Nursing Board probation;
e. Having the terms/conditions of your Nursing Board probation lifted; and
f. Your nursing career.