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RN Reported to IPN and Later Refused – Received Complaint for Non-compliance – We Had Case Dismissed and IPN Restriction Removed

Professional:
Registered Nurse

Primary Issue:
RN was accused of suspected drug abuse related to long term use of narcotics for congenital abnormality. RN, without advice of counsel, agreed to IPN monitoring. Following 2 months of intensive therapy, IPN demanded a 5 year contract. RN refused and was reported as non-compliant with IPN. The Board of Nursing issued a complaint and demanded she enroll in IPN.

Benefit of Using Chapman Law Group:
The RN retained our attorneys to defend her in the Board of Nursing complaint for alleged drug use. We reviewed the entire investigative file, including the original IPN evaluator report. We also reviewed all the medical and counseling records. During the review it was clear the original evaluator did not recommend inpatient therapy or any therapy at all. In spite of this, IPN intentionally mis-characterized the evaluation and told the RN the evaluator recommended therapy and a long term monitoring contract. The evaluator only recommended education to counsel the RN on possible long term complications of narcotic use. We filed a motion to dismiss and demanded a hearing or the reconsideration of the case by the Board of Nursing Probable Cause Panel.

Result:
Board of Nursing Probable Cause Panel reconsidered the case and dismissed the investigation, finding no probable cause.

Area of Law:
Nursing License Defense
Substance Abuse Matters
Intervention Project for Nurses

Attorney:
Ronald Chapman


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This information is a sample of our past results. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. The circumstances of your case may differ from the results provided. The information provided has not been reviewed or approved by the Florida Bar.


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