Robbins, TN asked in Child Custody and Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: Is it illegal for a registered nurse to sign a return to work/school note for a child when there was no record.....

Of medical treatment rendered to said child at the hospital where the doctors note came from. Keep in mind, this nurse is the girlfriend of child’s father.

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2 Lawyer Answers

Marjorie A Bristol

Answered
  • Goodlettsville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: There are not enough facts here to answer the question. If the nurse lied, then it probably is not illegal, but could result in her termination from employment.

Lawrence James Arnkoff

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: More facts are needed. If you are looking to score points in a

Custody related matter don't get overconfident. If the nurse testified

In a court hearing or submitted a sworn affidavit that is proven to be false

She could be subject to possible criminal prosecution. That isn't likely to happen.

If you could prove she jeopardized the child's health by providing a note authorizing

the child to return to school you put yourself in a better position to get the

judge's attention. I would recommend not making the issue about the nurse's

relationship with the dad and more about whether she is qualified to render

the opinion about the child's health.

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