Professional Licensing is a very specific area of law. James Goldberg's ability to focus on this area has allowed him to obtain successful results for his clients. Here are some latest of his results.
Registered nurse accused of unprofessional conduct
In this matter my client received a notice of disciplinary conference from IDFPR that she alleged "admittedly charted false treatments and false accu-check monitor results that were not performed." At her disciplinary conference I was able to establish that she used the patients own accu-check monitor and that the department was incorrect concerning charting false treatments based on my records. That matter was closed with no discipline.
Registered Nurse required assistance with application due to prior criminal history
Registered Nurse needed my assistance in his application process because of his concerns regarding a prior criminal history for marijuana possession. In this matter, I helped my client give a detailed explanation as to his criminal history and he received his license unencumbered.
Registered Nurse with violation of his care and counseling agreement
Registered Nurse received notice of violation of his care and counseling agreement in that he allegedly failed to submit quarterly reports and refused to submit screens. In this matter, I was able to do our own investigation and alleviate the nursing board's concerns regarding my client's compliance with its previous order. The matter was subsequently closed.
Registered Nurse accused of diverting controlled substances
Registered Nurse was accused of diverting controlled substances from her former employer. In this matter, my client, an RN was reported by her physician/employer of diverting controlled substances in his office. After doing my own investigation into the matter, I was able to establish that my client had no contact with any controlled substances without her employer's authority. In fact, I was able to establish that it was the physician/employer who should be the target of the investigation. As the result the case was closed.
Registered Nurse with two DUI's
On his application for licensure, a registered nurse disclosed a 2011 conviction for driving under the influence and a 2013 conviction for driving under the influence. I argued that his conviction did not relate to his profession and there was nothing to demonstrate that he was unable to practice his profession. The IDFPR closed their file with no disciplinary action taken.
Registered Nurse with one DUI and a finding of abuse by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
This particular nurse reported a DUI conviction in 2010along with the DCFS finding of abuse to a minor pursuant to a 2012 investigation. Regarding the DUI, I was able to establish that the conviction was not job related nor would it affect her ability to practice. Regarding the DCFS matter, I was able to establish to the nursing board that the circumstances surrounding the DCFS investigation didn't match the actual events that took place. As a result, my client was given a non-reportable administrative warning letter.
Registered Nurse accused of theft of morphine and failure to report a termination
In this matter, my client received a notice of disciplinary conference from IDFPR that she allegedly committed the following acts: "Theft/conversion of patients morphine and narcotics, schedule 11 controlled substances, failure to report a termination and gave a signed confession". At her disciplinary conference I was able to establish that there were many individuals who had access other than her to the narcotics and that she was coerced into signing the confession. The matter was closed with no discipline.
Registered Nurse accused of diverting Fentanyl
Registered Nurse was accused of diverting Fentanyl, accused of using too much Fentanyl with patients and made a written admission. In this matter, I did my investigation and was able to establish that there was no evidence of diversion and that my client had properly used Fentanyl for physician's order. Furthermore, I was able to establish that my client's admission was coerced and was obtained by improper facility protocol. As a result, my client obtained a Non-Disciplinary order that required six (6) additional hours of continuing education in the area of medication administration and charting, proper waste procedures and pyxis use.
Registered Nurse accused of diverting narcotics from her facility and for selling the narcotics to another employee.
In, this matter my client received a notice of disciplinary conference from the IDFPR. They alleged that she "diverted the narcotics form her facility, Peoria, IL, sold narcotics to another employee, was terminated and failed to report." At the disciplinary conference I was able to establish the motive for the "other employee" to be deceitful regarding the receipt of the narcotics and that she was the individual who diverted. Furthermore, I was able to establish by way of documentation that my client resigned instead of being terminated. The matter was closed with no discipline.
Registered Nurse accused of "gross negligence"
Registered Nurse was accused of alleged "gross negligence" in the care and treatment of a patient resulting in death. In this matter, I was able to do my own investigation and determine that my client was not the only provider for the patient. In fact, I was able to "isolate" my client's care for the patient in effort to establish that her continued was within the standard of care despite the patient's unfortunate outcome. My client received an administrative warning letter, which is not a public discipline.
Registered Nurse IDES Hearing Against Northwestern Memorial Hospital
In this matter, Northwestern Memorial Hospital terminated my client for scope of authority issue and HIPAA violation issues. My client was the labor and delivery nurse for patient's mothers. On her own time, she visited the neo-natal unit on two occasions, viewed the charts and gave baby a massage. She was terminated for working outside of the scope of her authority and obtaining confidential informations in doing so. I was able to establish her IDES hearing that she committed no misconduct in that she was given the permission by the parents to give baby the massage. Furthermore, after review of Northwestern protocol I was able to establish that my client did not breach confidentiality. This particular client was a great nurse; a pleasure to work with and we won the hearing.