As a nurse, your career depends on your license. A reprimand or censure on your license makes it difficult, if not downright impossible, to get a job. A suspension or revocation is career-ending.
Take it seriously. Your license and reputation are worth fighting for. If you are under investigation, here are the two most important things you can do to strengthen your case.
Hire an attorney
Your first inkling that something is wrong may be an unexpected meeting, whether an informal chat with your manager that veers into probing questions or the shocking intimidation of a room full of executives and law enforcement. The organizers want to keep you unbalanced and off your guard. Your first instinct is to be helpful, to give all the information that they ask for and to explain yourself, but you have the right to remain silent.
Even if you’re told an investigation is general, not focused on you, call an attorney. Explain that you’ll be happy to cooperate but that you will be doing so with the help of your lawyer.
Keep it to yourself
When you’re facing accusations, it is natural to feel defensive. You want to explain yourself. It may be hard, but it is wise to avoid talking to your coworkers or potential witnesses about the situation. Investigators will hear everything you say when they collect statements. The easiest way to avoid being misunderstood is to avoid the conversation to begin with.
You have spent years gaining the education and skills to help others. Go to someone with the education and skills to defend you if your license is in jeopardy.