South Carolina Nursing Professional License Defense Attorneys
The practice of Nursing in South Carolina is controlled by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (“LLR”). LLR is tasked with enforcing the Nurse Practice Act. To practice as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, and/or an Advance Practice Registered Nurse, you must be licensed by LLR.
Once you are licensed, the reality is that anyone can file a complaint against you with the South Carolina Nursing Board. A complaint may be brought by a patient, coworker, your employer or another medical professional.
Common allegations include:
- Criminal Conduct and/or a criminal conviction;
- practicing under the influence of alcohol;
- illegal or prescription drug abuse or dependence;
- Alcohol abuse or dependence;
- Diverting narcotics for personal use;
- practicing outside of the scope of your license/unlicensed practice;
- engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a patient;
- failing to properly chart/document;
- failing to properly waste narcotics;
- Sexual misconduct; and
- Patient abuse.
If you receive notice that a complaint has been filed against you, the most important thing that you can do is contact a South Carolina professional license defense attorney to ensure your legal rights. While the easiest thing to do may be to stick your head in the sand, it is important to understand that ignoring a charge will not make it go away. We understand what is at stake as well as the potential legal, financial, and emotional consequences, and we are here to help.
You’ve worked hard to obtain your South Carolina Nursing License. If you receive a call or letter from an LLR investigator advising you that a complaint has been filed against you, it is important that you contact a South Carolina Professional Licensing Attorney before responding to the investigator to discuss your legal rights.
Receiving notice that a complaint filed against you does not mean that you are guilty, that you will automatically lose your license and/or that the charge is not worth defending. What it does mean is that your South Carolina Nursing license is potentially at stake. You’ve worked hard to obtain your license. Don’t lose hope. You are not alone.
Responding to a South Carolina Nursing Board Complaint
After the complaint is filed, an investigator from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation will contact you. Be advised that any information obtained during this call or during any subsequent time in the investigation can be used against you.
An investigator may call or show up and advise you that he/she just wants to hear your side of the story so he or she can wrap up the investigation. Even though the investigator may seem like they have your best interests in mind, remember they are working for the LLR. You should strongly consider taking advantage of a free consultation with a South Carolina Professional Licensing Defense Attorney before speaking with the investigator.
How to Handle a Referral to the RPP
If a nursing professional has committed a drug or alcohol related offense, they may be referred to the South Carolina Recovering Professional Program (RPP). RPP will assess the nursing professional and determine whether treatment or continued monitoring is needed. RPP operates under a contract between LRADAC (Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission) and the LLR. RPP’s goal is to make sure you are safe and get you back to practicing nursing. If you were referred to RPP for an evaluation, call us to discuss your case and see how we can help.
South Carolina Board of Nursing Disciplinary Actions
When a nursing professional is found guilty of misconduct, he or she may be subject to discipline including a public reprimand, license suspension, and even license revocation as well as a hefty fine. Do not wait until it is too late. Contact a South Carolina professional licensing attorney for a free confidential consultation to discuss your case and make sure you are on the right track.
We proudly accept cases defending South Carolina professionals in disciplinary matters involving allegations of professional misconduct as well as in criminal matters. If you are nurse and are being investigated by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation call us for a free consultation. 803-252-4800.