Brief Explanation Regarding Sample Documents
All of these Letters, Responses and Correspondence are real; the names, dates, locations have been altered so any similarity to any person is strictly coincidental.
Briefly, the Responses are included here to try to show that any Response should include some personal information and background about the nurse, the event, the workplace environment. State Boards of Nursing will and do consider mitigating circumstances in their investigations and so this aspect should not be ignored.
Responses and all correspondence to the State Board must be professional and well written. If you write a Response, be sure to have someone check it for spelling and grammar.
Each of the Responses on this site are about a nurse involved in a particular allegation(s), variable situations always make every situation different, just as any medical case is different. You must take care to make your Response fit your circumstances, including the allegation(s), and all circumstances that are relevant. You should explain each allegation separately, using excerpts of the records that you can request from your state Board. Generally they will gather relevant medical records, personnel records, relevant Policies and/or Procedures, and more if necessary. You should request a copy of the records that the Board will review for your investigation.
Various Character letters are included here for examples of what can be said by colleagues, supervisory persons, physicians, or persons who may have pertinent comments.
Nurses must advocate in the best way that they can for themselves, set out clear reasoning for decisions made clinically, take responsibility when appropriate, and move through the process.
Again we stress that professionalism is extremely important, it is what the Board expects from nurses, no matter the state. Always treat persons and the process with respect, do not become angry or sarcastic, even if you feel you are at your wits end!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE OPINIONS OFFERED HERE ARE NOT TO BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS ANYTHING MORE THAN ONLINE CONSULTATION: EXAMPLES OF RESPONSES, SUGGESTIONS AS TO COMPOSITION AND WRITING STYLE, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAR AND CONCISE COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR BOARD OF NURSING.