Letter of Concern for Nurses

Do you need to consult with an attorney regarding your nursing license or other professional licensing matter? Call (503) 232-9280 to schedule a free consultation with a nurse’s attorney.

When someone files a complaint with the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), the allegation automatically triggers an investigation by an OSBN investigator.

If the OSBN finds that a nursing violation has been committed, but that the violation was not egregious or the OSBN can’t prove the violation, it may issue a “letter of concern” to the nurse.

A letter of concern from the OSBN is not a disciplinary action, and therefore is not a matter of public record.

However, while it might seem like a letter of concern isn’t a big deal, it truly can cast a shadow on your nursing career. A letter of concern establishes a “history” with the OSBN.  If you were to get a second allegation filed against you, the OSBN might take the letter of concern into consideration when deciding on disciplinary sanctions.

Often, a letter of concern is the best result (in lieu of a reprimand or probation), but an even better outcome is an outright dismissal.

Letters of concern can be issued for many nursing violations, including:
•patient abandonment
•lying or falsifying documents
•expired nursing license
•failure to complete continuing education

If you’ve received notice of a violation from the Oregon nursing board, please contact us immediately, (503) 232-9280, or e-mail .  In your free consultation with Kevin Keaney, an experienced nurse’s attorney, we can discuss your unique situation and talk through your options.

Please make note: Kevin Keaney, P.C. Provides legal services to nurses in Oregon, Washington, and Texas. Kevin Keaney is a member of TAANA (The American Association of Nurse Attorneys).

Kevin Keaney is an attorney who helps nurses defend their license in Texas, as well as Oregon and Washington.