Employment Agreements For Nurses

Do you have questions about an employment agreement? Please call (503) 232-9280 to schedule a free legal consultation.

Signing a contract – any type of contract – should give you pause. Before you start a new nursing job, you may be asked to sign an employment agreement. Or, even if you have been on the job awhile, you may be asked to sign a contract.

Employment agreements generally cover a specific period of time, and nurse practitioners, in particular, are required to sign contracts.

If you have any hesitation about the clauses or conditions of the employment agreement presented to you, please call us.

We’ll be happy to review your employment agreement. If you’re currently in a dispute with your employer or a past employer about enforcement of the employment agreement, we can also help.

Because we have experience in employment law and experience in nursing, we can give you a sense of the types of clauses that are part of a typical employment agreement, which ones might be extraordinary, and which ones could negatively impact your career.

In theory, an employment agreement is designed to protect the organization and the employee. Because virtually all employment contracts are written by employers, however, they tend to favor the organization over the individual.

Here are some of the clauses and conditions you may see in a nursing employment agreement:
• duties and scope of practice
• compensation
• professional standards
• code of conduct
• records and files
• overtime
• confidentiality
• non-compete / exclusive service
• disciplinary procedures and recourse
• termination
• statement of benefits (holiday and vacation pay, sick leave, etc.)
• continuing education
• malpractice insurance

For more information about employment agreements for nurses, or to schedule a free legal consultation, call (503) 232-9280, or e-mail .

Please note: In addition to employment agreements, we also can write, review and/or provide legal services for enforcement of a severance agreement.

Kevin Keaney is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington, as well as Texas, where he can also help nurses who need an attorney.