As a medical professional, you need your license in order to practice and maintain your livelihood and career. Without a license, you cannot legally find work as a nurse, physician or doctor. Thus, anything that threatens your license, you should summarily take as a threat to your ability to work.
If you find yourself under investigation with the possibility of license removal on the table, you need to do all you can to protect your rights. One wrong move could cost your career.
Avoiding permanent career damage
You can take several steps in this difficult time to protect your career from permanent damage. First, report any legal issues you come across. The Federation of State Medical Boards discusses the greater emphasis placed on the protection of patients in recent years, along with a focus on proactivity and prevention. Under new guidelines, nurses and other medical professionals must report sanctions, legal proceedings and arrests. Speak to your attorney first, but act quickly to report these legal matters before you go past the deadline.
Speaking to your attorney
Speaking of, it is crucial to talk to an attorney in general. Defending your legal license might force you through numerous legally complicated hoops, so you want all the help you can get. An experienced attorney can guide you through all of the complexities in the system, delivering you maximum protection.
Finally, do not say anything. Do not talk to your employer or investigators; you have a right to legal counsel and they do not have any obligation to keep your statements confidential. Just keep as calm as possible and act together with your legal aid.