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RNs and other health care providers must report criminal pleas or convictions in Florida

March 5, 2015
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Nurses and other licensed health care practitioners in Florida have a legal duty to report plea agreements that they enter into when charged with a criminal offense.  The law requires that a conviction or being found guilty OR a plea of nolo contendere ("no contest") must be reported to your professional Board within 30 days.  This applies to crimes charged in states other than Florida....under this law if you plead or are convicted in another state you must report it to your Florida Board within 30 days.  The specific language of the law states:

456.072 Grounds for discipline; penalties; enforcement.

(1) The following acts shall constitute grounds for which the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be taken:
(x) Failing to report to the board, or the department if there is no board, in writing within 30 days after the licensee has been convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction. Convictions, findings, adjudications, and pleas entered into prior to the enactment of this paragraph must be reported in writing to the board, or department if there is no board, on or before October 1, 1999.
If you are a licensed health care professional in Florida and have a pending criminal case you are probably concerned about how this may affect your license.  To set up a free no obligation consultation with Jeff Howell contact the law firm of Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law at 850-877-7776.  We represent licensed health care professionals and facilities statewide, including out of state clients who are concerned about the status of their Florida license.

 

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