Nurse Attorney Says What You Don't Know Could Cause You to Lose Your Nursing License

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Lorie Brown's new book "Law and Order for Nurses" helps nurses protect their careers

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Lack of awareness is not a defense, and the best way to protect yourself is to be informed.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, boards placed more than 4,000 nurses on probation in 2013, while 4,985 nurses had their licenses suspended and 2,021 had their licenses revoked. Nurse attorney Lorie Brown is working to decrease these statistics by instilling nurses with the knowledge they need to take control of their careers.

In her new book “Law and Order for Nurses: The Easy Way to Protect Your License and Your Livelihood,” Brown combines her nursing and legal experience, first as a registered nurse and now as a nurse attorney, to empower nurses with the important, and often surprising information necessary to avoid disciplinary issues.

Brown has represented more than 300 nurses before the licensing board over the past 20 years, and she has seen firsthand the embarrassment, regret and shock experienced by many nurses when reprimanded for what are often simple misunderstandings. This information, Brown says, isn’t taught in nursing school or on the job.

“Unfortunately, many nurses I’ve worked with didn’t even know they were doing anything wrong,” Brown says. “But lack of awareness is not a defense, and the best way to protect yourself is to be informed.”

The conversational, easy-to-understand text uses real stories to illustrate the myriad of reasons nurses get in trouble, from speaking too loudly to a hard-of-hearing patient to encouraging a patient to walk 10 feet to the bathroom per the doctor's orders, along with Brown’s expert advice for avoiding these problems.

Not only is this aggressive board action affecting individual nurses, many who struggle to find employment after their transgression becomes a matter of public record, but Brown says it could also change the nursing industry as a whole.

“I am increasingly concerned that people will become deterred from nursing because they are fed up with this type of ‘big brother’ oversight,” Brown says. “If smart and skilled individuals choose to opt out of pursuing a nursing career or continue to leave an established nursing career, who will take care of us in the future?”

Law and Order for Nurses is available for purchase at http://lawandorderfornurses.com.

Law and Order for Nurses: The Easy Way to Protect Your License and Your Livelihood
By Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD
Published Jan. 2014
ISBN: 978-1-63173-931-6
Softcover: $24.99 ($19.99 through Feb. 21)
Approximately 117 pages
Available at http://lawandorderfornurses.com

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About Lorie Brown:
Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD, has represented more than 300 nurses before the licensing board in her past 20 years as a nurse attorney. A former registered nurse who became disillusioned after feeling like strict protocol prevented her from giving quality care to patients, Brown now channels her nursing expertise into helping others navigate the requirements and policies of the nursing field.

Brown received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University School of Nursing, and her master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. After practicing nursing for 12 years, Brown received her JD from the Indiana University School of Law.

Brown is the founder and CEO of Empowered Nurses, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating nurses on how to protect themselves from malpractice and license discipline.

At Brown Law Office in Indianapolis, she assists healthcare providers in license matters and fellow attorneys with medical issues in their cases.

Brown frequently participates in conferences and speaking engagements, where she shares her valuable advice with nurses around the nation.

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