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What Happens at a Nurse’s Skelly Hearing

As a nurse, you face many obstacles. You may find yourself receiving a notice from your employer that you’ve done something wrong and could lose your job. It can feel very overwhelming to know how to protect your career in this situation. This is why many nurses have found success with a Skelly hearing.

What is a Skelly Hearing?

A Skelly hearing is best described as a pre-disciplinary meeting. The goal of this meeting is to ensure that you will be clearly informed of the allegations against you, have an opportunity to refute them, and can mitigate the allegations or rehabilitate your standing with your employer before receiving discipline. Skelly hearings take place when an employer causes a loss of pay due to termination, suspension, demotion, or transfer.

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How Do Skelly Hearings Help Nurses?

Receiving a notice from your employer is overwhelming no matter how long you have been in your nursing career. However, a Skelly hearing can help lower your stress and decrease the length of this process. No witnesses are required to testify for or against you. There is no lengthy paperwork required to defend your case. This pre-disciplinary meeting aims to give nurses the opportunity to state their cases and share their side of the story.

During your Skelly hearing, you and your license defense lawyer will meet with officials, a representative from your employer, and a Skelly Review Officer. The Skelly Review Officer will lead the pre-disciplinary meeting by reading the accusations against you and then allowing you to respond. The most common outcomes from these types of hearings include some form of discipline, a reduced level of discipline, or a request to extend the investigation based on the evidence you provided. 

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Contact a Nursing License Defense Lawyer

Did you receive a notice from your employer? Don’t panic. At Unlock Legal, our nursing license defense lawyers have helped many RNs and LVNs overcome these obstacles with the employers and the BRN or BVNPT. We are experts in managing Skelly hearings and can support you throughout the entire process. 

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If you are asked to appear at a Skelly hearing, contact us immediately. Unlock Legal provides focused representation in criminal defense and defense for California licensed professionals. Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at 949-268-2857 to speak with a professional about your case and your unique needs.

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