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Enforcement

Requirements for criminal background checks, criminal background monitoring, statements regarding actions that violate the nurse practice act and support resources for licensees that deal with alcohol and drug impairment.

When a complaint is received by the Board of Nursing:

  • Licensee Notification Letter is sent to the licensee along with a copy of the complaint, requesting a written response to the allegations in the complaint.
  • The written response should be sent in a trackable manner, so that you may verify the response has been received by the board of nursing office. For example:
    • Email
    • Email attachment
    • United States Postal Service
      • Certified Return Receipt
      • Trackable mail
    • Another form of delivery service such as Fed Ex, DHL or United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • The board of nursing subpoenas documents.
  • An investigation begins.
  • The investigation may take several months to be completed.
  • Once the investigation is complete, the Board will review the matter in a non-public session at a monthly board meeting.
  • Board meeting schedule is available online.
  • The Board may:
    • dismiss the complaint;
    • dismiss the complaint with a Letter of Concern (which is confidential and not disciplinary);
    • Vote to forward the matter to the Attorney General’s Office - Administrative Prosecutions Unit (APU) for discipline.
    • The APU handles a case once it is referred to them for discipline.
      • Matter may be resolved by:
        • Settlement Agreement or
        • Adjudicatory (hearing)
          • Licensees are notified via notice of hearing in advance of the hearing.
          • Licensee absence from the hearing does not stop the hearing from taking place.
          • Licensee may be represented by an attorney, at their own expense
        • Dismissed

Informational July 26th, 2019

Documents Relating to Complaints

Criminal Background Information for Licensure

Resources for Board Monitoring of Discipline

New Hampshire Alternative/Recovery Monitoring Program

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Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
121 South Fruit Street |  Concord, NH 03301
Main Telephone: (603) 271-2152