California Nurse Licensing

The California Board of Registered Nursing has made important changes to the duty of a nurse to report a criminal conviction or other license discipline and to cooperate with the Board’s investigation of that conviction.  We have begun to see Board staff implement this new law in 2016.

Under Title 16 California Code of Regulations

Because of our expertise and the sheer amount of material available on our website and blog, our office often hears from prospective registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses, sometimes even before they apply to nursing school.  For young people considering a career in nursing, it’s never been more important to stay out of trouble before

Investigations of alleged misconduct by California registered nurses are investigated by two agencies, either the Board of Registered Nursing, by its own investigators, or by the Division of Investigation of the Department of Consumer Affairs.  When a complaint is received by the Board, if Board enforcement believes the complaint has sufficient merit, the complaint is

We have had great success in securing full non-probationary licenses, with just a citation placed on the record at license issuance, for licensed vocational nurse applicants with prior criminal records.  The key to this success has been demonstrating our clients’ rehabilitation to show the Board that a probationary license or license denial was not necessary

Among the thousands of applicants who seek to become a registered nurse in the state of California each year, hundreds have criminal convictions or other adverse actions (such as other license discipline) of some kind in their background.  A license applicant with a criminal conviction or other adverse action typically has three obstacles to clear

The California Board of Registered Nursing files hundreds of accusations each year against registered nurses.  The vast majority of these accusations are filed due to criminal convictions or other alleged unprofessional conduct.  A small number are filed due to complaints of incompetence, gross negligence or  less common alleged violations of the Nursing Practice Act.  Effectively

With almost 400,000 registered nurses and hundreds of thousands of licensed vocational nurses, nurses are the largest group of licensed health care professionals we serve.  At Ray & Bishop, PLC, we provide a variety of services to defend registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and elsewhere statewide. 

Today, February 14, 2012, Governor Brown signed SB 98, reinstating the California Board of Registered Nursing, which had been dissolved by an automatic sunset provision on December 31, 2011.  The Board has been authorized to operate until 2016.

Our office had observed an apparent slowdown in the enforcement filings and hearing settings while Board enforcement