Reprimand for Nurses

If you hire an experienced nurse’s attorney, you’ll have someone by your side who knows the license defense process. Kevin Keaney practiced as a nurse for 4 years before becoming an attorney. Call (503) 232-9280 to talk to him in a free consult.

As one of its disciplinary sanction options, the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) can issue a reprimand.

A reprimand from the nursing board is a formal, written notice that you’ve violated the Nurse Practice Act and standards of nursing. While a reprimand is never desirable, it can be the “negotiated” sanction – a lesser level of discipline than probation or license suspension.

A reprimand will not limit your employment or place restrictions on any of your duties.

That’s the encouraging news.  But if a reprimand isn’t the lesser of two sanctions, i.e., the result of a negotiated outcome, you may want to consider fighting it!  Nursing reprimands are known to have far-ranging consequences.

First, a reprimand from the state board becomes a matter of public record, and you’ll need to disclose it to all future employers and licensing boards. Second, because it’s on your record, if you have an additional complaint filed against you, the board of nursing will consider the reprimand as a part of your history.

If you have been offered a reprimand as a disciplinary sanction from the nursing board, please call us right away, (503) 232-9280, or e-mail .

Kevin Keaney is an attorney in Portland, Oregon who has experience representing nurses being investigated by the OSBN or NCQAC.

Nurses attorney Kevin Keaney helps nurses in Texas, Oregon, and Washington defend their licenses.