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IL defense attorneyThough not as much as a physician, it often takes years of schooling and studying to become a nurse. All of that hard work finally culminates when you apply to receive an Illinois nursing license that enables you to practice in the state of Illinois. If you are a nurse, you are held to certain standards, which if broken, can result in disciplinary action. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the licensing body that oversees all nursing, physician, pharmacist, psychologist and chiropractic licenses, among many others. The IDFPR is also the disciplining body that will take action against your license if you are accused of wrongdoing.

Cause for Disciplinary Action

There are a number of reasons why a nurse could face disciplinary action against his or her license. These reasons include behavior such as “unethical or unprofessional conduct,” or being convicted of a crime. Here are a few common reasons why you may find yourself facing disciplinary action against your license:

  • Being convicted of any crime that is a felony or misdemeanor and contains an essential element of dishonesty or is directly related to the nursing profession
  • Behavior that demonstrates the incapacity or incompetence to safely and lawfully practice nursing
  • Violating any rules stated in the Nurse Practice Act
  • Engaging in dishonorable or unethical conduct that is likely to harm the public
  • Unlawful taking, selling, distributing or manufacturing of any drug or narcotic
  • Excessive use or addiction to alcohol or narcotics that prevents the safe practice of nursing
  • Sexual abuse, sexual misconduct or sexual exploitation of a patient
  • Failing to provide information or purposefully providing false information to the IDFPR
  • Failing to report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect

Types of Disciplinary Action

If you have been accused of any of the above violations, the IDFPR has probably gotten into contact with you about disciplinary actions. There are a number of actions that could be taken against your license. These include:

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IL license defense lawyerMost occupations in the healthcare field require specialized education and training that can take years and years of hard work. The last thing you would want to see happen is for all that work to be taken away from you because of one mistake. In the state of Illinois, there are certain rules and laws that you must follow when you are a nurse. A violation of these rules could result in disciplinary action, such as probation, suspension or other reprimanding actions. For some offenses, you could have your nursing license revoked, meaning it is permanently taken away from you. This can be devastating for those who have made their career from nursing. Here are a few ways in which your nursing license could be taken away:

Refusal to Participate in a Recovery Program

Part of a nurse’s job is to dispense medication to patients. This means they have almost unlimited access to certain drugs, which can be tempting for nurses who have addiction issues. If it is discovered that a nurse has an addiction issue or abuses alcohol, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will often suspend his or her license until they have entered an addiction recovery program. Nurses who refuse to enter a program or who cannot complete the program successfully may lose their nursing license.

Drug Diversion

Drug diversion occurs when a nurse takes medication from the medicine cabinet to use it for an illicit purpose. Some nurses take medication such as opioids to fuel their own addictions, some take the pills for friends or family and some use the pills to make a little extra cash by selling them. Either way, this is a crime and can even result in criminal charges, let alone the loss of a nursing license.

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IL license attorneyHere in the state of Illinois, nursing professionals are monitored and regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), as well as the Illinois Board of Nursing. Nursing can be an incredibly gratifying career path, but also comes with a wide array of challenges.

Nurses are routinely asked to treat for injured and sick patients, provide emotional support and advice to families, assist doctors in the process of diagnosis, and file paperwork. If mistakes are made throughout these processes, nurses can face investigations from the IDFPR or the Illinois Board of nursing, and potentially lose their nursing license. If you believe that your nursing license may be at risk, seek out legal assistance, immediately.

Costly Nursing Mistakes

When a nursing professional acts negligently, the ramifications can be significant. Whether your actions are strictly negligent mistakes or reckless forms of malpractice, an investigation from the IDFPR can ultimately cost you your livelihood. Listed below, are some of the most commonly investigated forms of nursing error.

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 Illinois nursing license defense attornryNursing requires flexibility, empathy, and the ability to think on one’s feet. Nurses who are self-starters are often highly praised. However, these attributes are a double-edged sword and can result in a nurse’s license being placed in jeopardy due to the scope of practice violations.

A nurse’s scope of practice must always be adhered to, and failure to do so can mean that the board of nursing will get involved. It is never permissible to operate outside of your scope of practice even if it is customary on your floor or office or if you are certain that you can get a doctor will later approve your actions.

There are several categories of nurses: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Each group has a scope of practice delineated under Illinois law.

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IL license lawyerStudying to become a nurse at the international level can prove to be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Learning about different nursing policies from all around the world can be a very interesting way to learn about how different cultures practice nursing. In Illinois, there are different licensing requirements for international applicants who wish to pursue their nursing license.

The Process of Obtaining the Nursing License for International Applicants

There are several requirements for the international applicant to successfully obtain his or her nursing license. The applicant must provide proof of licensure in the country from which he or she has received education for the license.

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