To my surprise, there are not many attorneys in New Orleans who offer this service; I decided that if nurses needed an advocate here, then I would become one.
New Orleans, Louisiana (PRWEB) March 15, 2012
New Orleans-based attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. announced this week a new service focused on defending nurses before the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
Carpenter will represent nurses facing complaints and charges including, but not limited to, violations of the Nurse Practice Act, patient confidentiality breaches, DWIs, drug or alcohol problems, and failures to complete continuing education credits. She is also offering her services for petitioning for license reinstatement, appeal of license denial, and modification of disciplinary orders already handed down by the board.
The experienced criminal defense attorney explained that her decision to offer this new service stemmed from experiences with someone in her own family becoming seriously ill and spending an extended length of time in an intensive care unit earlier this year.
“I saw firsthand the amount of stress that nurses are under—performing procedures all day, seeing countless patients, dealing with hysterical family members, and working back-to-back, 12-hour shifts—and I realized how easy it is for nurses to be unjustly blamed for something,” said Carpenter. “To my surprise, there are not many attorneys in New Orleans who offer this service; I decided that if nurses needed an advocate here, then I would become one.”
With Carpenter’s help, nurses facing disciplinary actions or license eligibility denials will have the opportunity to petition the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for alternate solutions, such as overlooking past incidents on their record or admitting them conditionally until certain requirements are fulfilled.
“We can’t afford to have experienced, dedicated nurses being denied licenses or removed from their jobs undeservedly—especially now, when there’s a shortage of licensed registered nurses in the state of Louisiana,” said Carpenter. “I look forward to helping some of these exceptional men and women get back into the hospitals where they belong.”
ABOUT ELIZABETH B. CARPENTER, ESQ.
Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. is an experienced New Orleans criminal defense attorney. She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Law School, and is a member and supporter of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Her law offices have successfully represented clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Lafayette, Plaquemines, St. John, St. Tammany and St. Charles Parishes. Carpenter’s mission is to provide clients with exceptional, personalized, and professional service.