Failure to Notify Board of Current Address Results in Revocation of Nurse’s License

   A recent case involving revocation of a nurse’s license illustrates the importance of keeping licensing authorities updated with your current mailing address and checking your mail regularly. All legal proceedings involve deadlines. If a deadline passes without you taking necessary action your legal rights may be severely limited and serious consequences may result.

   In Hansen v. Board of Registered Nursing the issue was whether Hansen could challenge a decision of the Board to revoke her nursing license. Unfortunately, the general facts are not uncommon – Hansen failed to notify the Board of her current mailing address and, as a result, she was not timely notified of administrative proceedings against her license or of the Boards decision to revoke it. The result: Hansen’s license was revoked and she was prevented from challenging that decision. Continue reading

Teacher Entitled to Attorney’s Fees and Costs When Accusation Unilaterally Dismissed by District After Hearing Scheduled

    A tenured school teacher, who had been charged in an accusation with conduct meriting dismissal, denied the conduct and requested a hearing which the school district scheduled. Later, the Commission on Professional Competence which was to hear the matter, dismissed the accusation at the request of the district, over the objection of the teacher, without a determination that the teacher should not be dismissed. A finding that the teacher should not be dismissed would have entitled the teacher to his reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. Continue reading