The summer is over and we are moving into fall. It rained so much of the summer it did not feel like summer until we hit the streaks of 100 degree weather. This has been an interesting year to say the least in my personal life as well as in my law practice. The Board of Nursing cases are more complex and nurses are representing themselves in these more complex cases without a real appreciation for the role of the Nursing Board or for just how serious ANY action against a license can be for your nursing career. It is never JUST a public reprimand, baby. My practice averages at least 15-50 inquiries each month from nurses with a pending complaint, post-disciplinary, pre-hearing, or active disciplinary investigation in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana. This of course does not scratch the surface for Nursing Board complaints in the tri-state area.I am seeing a trend of cases involving nursing negligence and malpractice which is utimately reported to the State Nursing Board either directly or by a NPDB-HIPDB report of a settlement involving a nurse. Nothing surprises me anymore in license defense cases but when I see RN and APRNs who are named as defendants or involved in a malpractice case and rely on the advice and counsel of their employer or former employer's legal counsel throughout the matter without question, I ask why? At some point in any nursing malpractice case you have to ask yourself: Is this going to the State Nursing Board? If so, consider consulting with a license defense attorney. This is really why as a professsional nurse you need your professional liability insurance policy with a license defense benefit. It provides for attorney representation before the State Nursing Board, during depositions in a civil matter, and for nursing malpractice cases. I am paying $99 to renew my nursing liability insurance policy this year. I also have legal malpractice insurance and media liability insurance for this blog and the online products and services I am developing this fall and winter. My launch for my new website and blog will be January 1, 2012. I have so much I want to say to the readers of my blog and my clients. First is thank you for supporting me over the years. I started my law practice in 2001 and I have worked with some of the best nurses in my 10 years of law practice. I don't know anyone who goes to work and says "what do I need to do to get reported to the Nursing Board today?" But it happens, life happens, and I think sh*t happens. I hope it never happens to you as a nurse, but if it does, and you are in IN, OH, or KY, call me. Second, thank you for those of you who sent me cards and other well wishes during my divorce. The legal divorce was a piece of cake because well you know....But the emotional divorce is a monster. But I like the new Me. I lost 50 pounds and I have to say, I look good. I feel good. I am still Type A but with a minus and question mark because I am happier and enjoying the ride instead of focusing only, exclusively, and primarily on the destination. I am having fun socializing just to be socializing with old friends, new friends and getting more active and involved in the general business community and a new church. Did I tell you I had a pajama party (12 of us) and it took me two days to recover because I lost my voice from laughing so much. It was a blast! What else is new? I took a concealed and carry course to obtain my permit: yes the Nursing Law Bandit has heat! Not East or West Coast Rapper type heat or Cincinnati First 48 hours type heat but still heat and hot enough for me. I took the course with my Aunt Jules and my cousin refers to us now as Thelma & Louise. I can tell you: we WILL NOT drive MY cadillac off into a Canyon (until it is paid for)! I go to the target range at least twice a month to practice. Jack teases me about a holster: vest or thigh. I am thinking "thigh" instead of vest because I am usually wearing a dress or skirt. I have a 9mm and a 20 gauge shot gun. I am buying a 38 to keep on my person after I receive my permit and to holster. I know. I know. Just exercising my constitutional right to bear my arms: you have to see my new sleeveless red dress from the Limited! Thirdly, my law firm will offer more legal products and services starting January 1, 2012. I think you will be pleased and this has been a dream of my mine for years and I am going to crank it up and out this fall and early winter. I am burning the midnight oil this fall and winter. I am excited and even if I don't make a dollar, I am doing what I do best: talk sh$t. No, I am sorry, I am living and working my passion which is always defending and repping nurses. Fourth and finally, I want to know what do you think nurses need to know about the law, legal issues, and professional nursing practice? What types of products and services do you think an attorney or law firm should provide to individual nurses? Are your legal needs being met as a nurse? What are your legal needs a licensed nurse?