The Missouri Board of Nursing will investigate a nurse’s license for many different reasons. Reasons for an investigation can include falsification of reports or client charts, positive drug tests, a felony conviction, intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at work, stealing prescription medication, among others. Whatever the reason for the investigation, the Board will typically start the process by having an investigator send the nurse a letter vaguely describing the reason for the investigation and requesting the nurse make a statement.
It is critical for a nurse to seek representation from a nurse lawyer before returning a written statement to the investigator. This statement, along with other evidence obtained by the investigator, will be presented to the Board so that it can be determined if the Board is going to open a case for discipline against the nurse’s license. While the nurse still has due process rights if the Board decides to move forward, an effective and succinctly written initial statement can make sure the nurse is not hurting his or her case. Further, it could increase the chances of the investigation ending.
If you have a nursing license and are under investigation, call the Missouri and Illinois nursing license attorneys at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. to discuss your options and how we can assist you in keeping your nursing license free from discipline.