If and when the moment arises that a complaint is levied against you during your nursing career, you need to be as prepared as possible to respond promptly and professionally, and handle the investigation which may occur next. To help you with this, Nursing Complaint Help has compiled valuable information about the role of state boards of nursing–the entities which determine the validity of a complaint and helm any further inquiry into it–that will provide you with the necessary knowledge to move forward more educated and equipped for dealing with complaints in nursing.
To begin with, with more than 4.5 million individuals holding licensure at any given time, nurses happen to be the second-largest group of licensed professionals in the United States. Thus, each state maintains a Board of Registered Nursing (BORNs), a governmental entity that is responsible for the regulation of nursing practices, protocols, and certified nurses and advanced practice nurses in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and wellbeing. The Board exists to protect patients by ensuring that registered nurses are capable and safe in their practice methods. The Board does so by evaluation licensure applications, issuing and renewing licenses and taking disciplinary action against nurses found to have violated standard or legal nursing procedures.