Criminal

With the adoption of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) and legalization of cannabis consumption in 2016, marijuana use has become a popular pastime for residents including California nurses and health professionals. Unfortunately, this recreational use can impact your professional license. If you choose to consume cannabis products, you need to know how to protect your nursing career. Here are guidelines you should follow. Avoid Recreational Marijuana on the Job As a licensed medical professional, it’s imperative that you safely perform your duties while on the job. Your sound mind is crucial when assisting patients or…
With Nurses’ Week starting May 6, now is the best time to say thank you to nurses everywhere. Day in and day out, nurses are dedicated to protecting our community – especially in the last year. As more people entered ICUs and hospitals needing one-on-one attention from staff, nurses put on their capes and took charge. These healthcare heroes took on the challenge and worked tirelessly to serve those in their care. This is what makes celebrating Nurses’ Week more important than ever. Year of the Nurse In honor of the trying year that was 2020, the American Nurses Association
As a registered nurse, many people depend on your knowledge and integrity. With so many eyes on you at all times, the pressure to perform can be overwhelming and the risk of making mistakes can be extremely high. One small slip-up can result in disciplinary action from the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and put your career in jeopardy. These are the most common reasons your license could be questioned and the steps you can take to protect your livelihood. Disciplinary Action Professional misconduct on or off the job is a major reason the BRN can question your nursing license…
This year, California government officials have introduced several new bills that could impact the licensure of registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses. Some of these were already adopted in January of this year. However, many of the professional license laws will be enacted as early as July 2021. Here are the major California State Assembly bills and State Senate bills you should know. AB 1076 – Criminal Record Relief Assembly Bill 1076 focuses on increasing the frequency at which the Department of Justice (DOJ) receives cases from those individuals who have gone through diversion programs and updates their rap…
As a registered nurse, you are dedicated to protecting and saving the lives of your patients. However, sometimes you need a lifeline of your own. You may live a carefree life outside of the hospital or clinic, but if one of those exciting nights ends in a DUI, your nursing career could be in trouble. Here’s how this conviction impacts your professional nursing license. Receiving a DUI Whether you had drinks with friends or family or engaged in recreational marijuana, being pulled over for a DUI is a serious problem. You will likely face discipline from your professional licensing…
Unlock Legal founder and lead attorney Miranda McCroskey joined Kathy Dawson of Dawson and Dawson to share how her team of professional license defense attorneys protect the livelihoods of California professionals. Kathy: Hello everyone! Please welcome our guest Miranda McCroskey to our On Deck with Dawson and Dawson series. Hey Miranda, how are you doing? Miranda: Hey Kathy, so happy to be here! Kathy: Oh, me too. It’s been a great time getting to know you and the business you’ve built is fascinating to me. I can’t wait to share it with our listeners. Miranda is the founder and lead attorney…
As a licensed vocational nurse, you are the lifeline for your patients. And to obtain your Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) license, you must be trustworthy and dedicated to the welfare of those in your care. Unfortunately, past convictions can cause frictions with applying for your (LVN) license. Here’s what you need to know before applying for your licensure. Reasons for License Denial When applying for your LVN license, you may not be expecting to receive a denial letter. Unfortunately, this can be very common for many applicants, especially those that have alcohol-related convictions. These are…
A local doctor’s medical license is currently under fire for reporting to traffic court from his surgery room. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Green, appeared on a Zoom call with a California judge while inside an operating room.  Major concerns of safety have been brought up because a patient was also inside the room. Green did assure the judge another surgeon was in the room conducting the procedure and that Green was able to safely participate in traffic court. The trial was quickly rescheduled as the judge announced he was not comfortable with proceeding while Green was in the midst…
In California, there are over 30 boards that manage and issue professional licensure. These boards are in charge of determining whether you are of upstanding moral character and a good fit for a professional license from their industry. Although many individuals apply to these boards, not all applicants receive their licensure. Instead, they may receive a professional license denial and are forced to look at alternatives for their career path. If you are applying for your license, you need to understand the expectations of your board and how to manage a potential denial. California Licensing Boards Under the Department of
It can be frustrating to receive a denial letter from your California licensing board. After spending countless hours studying for exams and gathering material for your application, the last thing you want to receive is a statement of issues. Although this situation can feel overwhelming, it is not the end of the road for your dream career. With the help of an appeals lawyer, you can appeal your professional license denial and work to begin your career.  Causes of Denial It can be frustrating to receive a denial letter from your California licensing board. After spending countless hours studying for exams…