Out-of-state discipline is a common basis for California license discipline, under the applicable statutes that allow the Board of Registered Nursing to seek collateral discipline against a licensee who is disciplined or censured by another state’s licensing entity (even when the licensing entity is not necessarily a nursing board). In this case, our client was

Nurses who work in late-stage care, either in palliative care or in hospice care, should be aware that all nurses, both registered and licensed vocational nurses, are considered mandatory reporters in California.  Under the Welfare and Institutions Code, anybody who has “full or intermittent” responsibility for patient care in a facility “shall report” anything that

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

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

In late 2012, we won a hard fought victory against the Board of Registered Nursing.  A nurse with a stellar 40 year career was accused of forging a prescription.  However, upon closer examination, the evidence showed that the nurse merely recorded a doctor’s verbal order.  The nurse’s only mistakes were to not have confirmed that

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