Consumer Rights

You have the right to ask questions, any questions, related to how you are being cared for and who is caring for you

 

As a consumer you also need information especially the protection you have under the law in the state of Nevada. For example, if you decide to report the behavior of a nurse or nursing assistant to the Board of Nursing you are protected from civil liability.

NRS 632.472(4) Any person who in good faith reports any violation of the provisions of this chapter to the executive director of the board pursuant to this section is immune from civil liability for reporting the violation.

As a consumer you have a right to know who is caring for you. The Board of Nursing requires nurses and nursing assistants to identify themselves according to the following law: NAC 632.249

  1. Each registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, certified nursing assistant, nursing student, and nurse certified in an advanced specialty shall identify himself by his appropriate title:

    a. When he records information on a record;
    b. When he introduces himself to a client, patient or prospective patient; and
    c. On a name tag which 1) includes, at a minimum, his first name and the first initial of his last name, and his title; 2) is prominently displayed on his clothing; and 3) is clearly legible from a distance of at least three feet.

As a consumer you have a right to receive care by competent health care providers who have been educated according accepted standards and are licensed or certified by a licensing board. You can verify whether an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is currently licensed or certified by the Board of Nursing by clicking here or calling either the Reno or Las Vegas Office to verify that person's status. You can also ask if there has been previous disciplinary action taken against their license or certificate.