Case Result: Our Licensing Lawyers Win Dismissal for RN After Medical Director Insists on IPN for Accidental Drug Ingestion

Registered Nurse

Primary issue:
Client Registered Nurse was involuntary admitted (per the Marchman Act, which is Florida’s Substance Abuse Impairment Act) for substance abuse, because of an adverse reaction to what the RN believed was a drug. The RN did not intentionally consume a drug, but instead believed friends dosed the RN by accident. The medical director referred the RN’s case to IPN.

Although IPN originally did not want to accept the RN as an enrollee, the program relented upon the insistence of the medical director. The RN was upset and refused to enter into the contract agreement with IPN, arguing that they did not belong in a substance abuse treatment program when the psychosis episode was revealed to be cause by a drug the RN did not know they ingested.

Our Florida Regulatory and Licensing lawyers took the case to the Florida Department of Health (DOH). We gathered evidence against the medical directors and sought to establish proof that the RN did not belong in IPN in the first place.

The case was reviewed and eventually dismissed by the Probable Cause panel with a letter of guidance. It is not considered disciplinary action and the case will remain confidential.

Areas of Law:
Healthcare Licensing
Substance Abuse Matters
Professional Licensing Defense
Department of Health Investigation

This information is a sample of our past results. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. The circumstances of your case may differ from the results provided. The information provided has not been reviewed or approved by the State Bar.

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Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs,

Civil Litigation

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Sarasota, FL 34240
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