Board of Nursing and Board of Pharmacy Licensing – NJ Board of Consumer Affairs – Drunk Driving and Other Arrests
When you have an allegation of misconduct, it is typically advisable to notify the Board.
Here is the consensus from a number of our colleagues in cases where they and we have represented licensees and where they have done so. Nurses have similar reporting issues for DWI arrests and other criminal allegations, as other licensed professionals, such as dentists and doctors.
It crossed my mind to share when one lawyer asked on a message board, “does anyone know definitively if a RN or LPN must report a DWI to the licensing authority?”
Here is one lawyer’s answer, “Yes, there is a 30 day window. I believe it is upon arrest. They will not take any action until conviction.”
“Absolutely. I have represented two nurses in the last three years, and it is required. There is the RAMP program which allows them to continue working while participating in the program. But if they do not self report, it becomes a bigger problem, like with lawyers.”
Another colleague asked “do you know anything regarding reporting requirement for physicians or pharmacists?”
Every case requires a fact-sensitive analysis and application of the laws and regulations to the facts.
Feel free to contact the lawyers and paraprofessionals at CitizenSoldierLaw if this or expungement issues are a concern to you.