There is no denying that there is a nursing shortage across the country. It is estimated that there is a need for approximately one million new nurses to enter the national workforce over the next couple of years in order to prevent an even more critical nursing shortage than already exists.
There are a number of reasons cited for this shortage, including the high number of nurses who have retired. Another issue is that many nursing schools are forced to turn away thousands of qualified applicants because they lack the space, resources, and faculty. The COVID-19 pandemic was also a major factor, resulting in burnout, high turnovers, and unfilled positions.
These staffing shortages have resulted in nurses being forced to work long shifts without adequate time off in high-pressure, intense environments. It is understandable that mistakes can happen in these situations and when they do, a nurse can face disciplinary action by the Board of Nursing.
Mistakes That Can Lead to a Board Investigation
There are many reasons why the board may decide to conduct an investigation against a nurse. These include:
- Allegations of providing substandard care
- Allegations of providing treatment outside the nurse’s competence or training
- Allegations of gross negligence in providing care
- Allegations of delegating duties to another employee who was unqualified
- Allegations of falsifying medical records
A nurse may also be notified their license is under threat because they have been charged with a DUI or convicted of a felony crime.
When the Allegations Are Someone Else’s Fault
There are cases where a nurse is blamed for mistakes that were actually the responsibility of other parties – a doctor and/or hospital looking to avoid actions against their own licenses or avoid legal action. These situations can result from facility understaffing, a physician failing to give clear instructions, or a nurse being forced to work excessive hours. Mistakes can also occur because of broken medical equipment or missing supplies, unqualified medical technicians, or even pharmacy errors. Yet, it is often the nurses who find themselves under investigation.
Contact a Cook County Professional License Defense Lawyer for Legal Help
Due to the potential for any of these factors being involved in an active Board of Nursing investigation, any Illinois nurse accused of wrongdoing should consult with a seasoned Chicago, IL nursing license defense attorney right away. Do not delay in calling Williams & Nickl, LLC at 312-335-9470 to schedule a free and confidential consultation and find out what type of defenses may be available in protecting your license and career.