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Is there any way that I can get disciplinary actions taken off my RN license?

Monday November 19, 2012
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Dear Nancy,

Is there any way that I can get disciplinary actions from 1994-2005 taken off my RN license? The actions include suspensions, probation and fines that were paid.


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Abbott,

Whether or not any disciplinary actions and/or fines and/or probations can be expunged depends upon the state where you practice. Some states do allow for expungement after a certain number of years have passed, while others do not allow expungement at all.

Since I assume you are only asking about disciplinary actions, fines and probations decided by your state board of nursing, you could check your state nurse practice act and rules for any process the board has instituted about this. If, however, the disciplinary actions were a result of criminal convictions (state and/or federal), after which the board took action against you, consult a nurse attorney or attorney in your state who can advise you about where those convictions are recorded, and if expungement is possible.

You can prepare for consultation with an attorney concerning state criminal records and expungement by reviewing "Expungement and Criminal Records: State-Specific Information" at criminal.findlaw.com/expungement/expungement-and-criminal-records-state-specific-information.html (accessed November 13, 2012). Remember, however, the information may or may not be up-to-date, so your attorney's advice is what you need to rely on.


Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.