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Illinois Nursing License Defense Lawyers

Springfield nurse license defense attorney RN LPN APN

Attorneys Assisting Nurses and Nurse Applicants With Licensing Issues in Springfield and Chicago

If you have dedicated yourself to becoming a nurse, you have put a great deal of time, money, and effort into receiving the necessary education and training, and you will want to make sure to address any issues that may affect your ability to practice nursing. Unfortunately, licensing issues can often arise for nurses or nurse applicants, and discipline to a nursing license or denial of a license application could potentially derail your career. When addressing these issues, you will want to work with an attorney who can help you understand the steps to take to avoid disciplinary action.

At Williams & Nickl, LLC, our lawyers have worked with more than 3,000 clients throughout our combined 55 years of legal experience to address licensing issues before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Attorney Edward W. Williams is the former IDFPR Chief of Prosecutions, and Edward and Fred understand the formal and informal procedures followed in cases involving license discipline or application denials. We can also help nurses respond to DEA investigations or other situations where they may face discipline due to accusations that they have mishandled or misused controlled substances. We are uniquely positioned to help you address and resolve issues affecting your nursing license quickly and effectively.

Licensing Concerns for Nurses

Nurses may need to address a variety of different licensing issues, depending on the type of license they hold. Our lawyers can assist with cases before the Illinois Board of Nursing and the IDFPR involving:

  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) - Because LPNs provide basic medical care that is often delegated by RNs or APNs, they may face discipline for exceeding the allowed scope of practice.
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) - An RN may face disciplinary action for a variety of reasons, including unethical or unprofessional conduct, negligent or substandard practice, violation of a CCT agreement, a felony criminal conviction, or an arrest for DUI.
  • Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) - Nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists often face a higher level of scrutiny, especially if they have the authority to prescribe medications and/or controlled substances.
  • Nurse Applicants - A nursing license application may be denied due to issues such as previous criminal convictions or sister-state discipline. Even if a satisfactory explanation can be provided for any deficiencies identified by the IDFPR, these issues can significantly delay the issuance of a license.
  • Nursys - If your Nursys license lookup is misleading, inaccurate or just plain wrong, we can help fix the problem. The fault often lies with IDFPR, but we occasionally find that Nursys itself is responsible. You do not have to live with an inaccurate Nursys record

If you are a nurse applicant who has received a Notice of Deficiency Checklist from the IDFPR, or if you are already licensed and have received a Notice of Informal Conference, Notice of Preliminary Hearing, Notice of Intent to Refuse to Renew, or a formal Complaint, you should contact us right away to determine how to proceed. We will provide you with an initial one-hour consultation at no charge, either in person or over the phone. During your consultation, we will go over the circumstances of your case, help you understand the disciplinary path you are on, and explain the steps you should take to defend your nursing license.

We have a record of success representing nurses and other licensed professionals in cases involving license discipline, and we have also assisted numerous clients who were facing the denial of licensure. In one case, a nurse contacted us after she had been waiting for three months for the IDFPR to act on her response to their requests for information. We were able to help have her nursing license issued within three days.

Contact Our Illinois Nurse License Discipline Attorneys

If you are facing discipline to your RN, LPN, or APN license, or if your license application has been denied, Edward and Fred can provide you with the legal help you need, and we will work with you to protect your ability to continue working in the field of nursing. We have a reputation as tough litigators, and we are prepared to defend you in a formal evidentiary hearing, if necessary. In many cases, we are able to provide mitigating evidence and credible explanations to the IDFPR, allowing cases to be resolved with no public discipline to our clients' licenses. To set up your free consultation, contact us at 312-335-9470.

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