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PROFESSIONAL LICENSE DEFENSE

Advocating for You

 

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

Minnesota Board of Nursing

Minnesota Board of Social Work

Minnesota Board of Psychology

Minnesota Board of Teaching (PELSB)

The importance of an aggressive defense in the face of a professional board investigation cannot be overstated.  Sarah has successfully defended doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers and school administrators in investigations initiated by their  respective licensed boards.  One of your greatest assets is your professional license.  You can trust Sarah MacGillis to provide a thoughtful, complete and aggressive defense.

FAQS

The Answers You Need

WHY DOES AN INVESTIGATOR FROM THE MINNESOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE WANT TO INTERVIEW A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL (DOCTOR, NURSE, SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOLOGIST)?

In most cases, if an investigator from the Attorney General's office wants to interview you, it is because your licensing board wants more information prior to deciding whether to bring you in on a Notice of Conference. 


The information you impart at the juncture can have a tremendous impact on the scope and breadth of any future conference...and even if one will occur at all! Prior to this meeting, it is very important to retain an experienced lawyer.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MINNESOTA BOARD OF NURSING DURING THE CONFERENCE?

At the conference of your matter, you will meet with a panel of the Board to discuss the allegations contained in the Notice of Conference. 
An experienced attorney will be able to anticipate the kinds of questions you will be asked and help prepare you to answer them in a way that fairly meets the concerns of the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
Most other Boards operate in the same manner with slight variations.

WHEN WILL I KNOW WHAT THE BOARD WANTS TO DO WITH MY LICENSE?

At the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, the Minnesota Board of Nursing, and most other Boards, the Board will present a resolution at the conclusion of the conference. 


Resolutions include dismissal of the complaint, an Agreement for Corrective Action, or a disciplinary resolution with terms that may be agreed upon by the attorneys. after the conference.

WHAT IF I DON'T AGREE WITH THE BOARD'S PROPOSAL FOR DISCIPLINE?

At the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, the Minnesota Board of Nursing, and most other Boards, if you disagree with the proposed resolution offered by the Board, you may proceed to a contested case hearing. 


Very specific time limits and parameters apply and can be set forth during a personal consultation with a lawyer experienced in handling administrative actions.

HELPFUL LINKS

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice Act

 Grounds for discipline are set forth under the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice Act.

The Minnesota Nurse Practice Act

The Minnesota Nurse Practice Act enumerates the ethical obligations of the registered nurse and licensed practical nurse within the state of Minnesota.  Grounds for Discipline are set forth therein.

Minnesota Board of Social Work's Professional Standards Act

The Minnesota Board of Social Work provides a Professional Standards Act which sets forth the ethical obligations of the licensed social worker in Minnesota.

Minnesota Board of Psychology's Rules of Conduct

The Minnesota Board of Psychology provides Rules of Conduct which set forth the ethical obligations of the licensed psychologist in Minnesota.

Helpful diagram of the complaint review process for the Minnesota Board of Nursing

What happens at the Minnesota Board of Nursing following a complaint?  This chart sets forth the typical process.

Contested Case Process

If a nurse's matter cannot be resolved at the conference level, it may proceed to a contested case hearing. Find more about that process here.