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Facing Disciplinary Action When You Are a Nurse in Illinois

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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:

  • Refusal to issue or renew a license
  • Revocation
  • Suspension
  • Probation
  • FinesAny other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action

Are You Facing Disciplinary Action Against Your Nursing License? Call Our Illinois Nursing License Defense Lawyer Today

There are a variety of reasons why you could be facing disciplinary action against your nursing license. Even something as seemingly harmless as a fine could result in a negative impact on your license and your future career opportunities. If you are facing any kind of action against your nursing license, you should immediately talk to a skilled Illinois nursing license defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC, we can help you determine what your next steps should be in protecting your future. Call our office today at 630-310-1267 to schedule a consultation.



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