#35 Lorie Brown: Protecting your Nursing License and Livelihood


Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD, speaks with Jason A. Duprat, Entrepreneur, Healthcare Practitioner and Host of the Healthcare Entrepreneur Academy Podcast. Lorie is a nurse attorney with multiple successful businesses including a legal nurse consulting business, a law firm that represents healthcare providers before licensing boards, and empowerednurses.com to help nurses start their own businesses. Lori speaks with Jason about how to protect your license and livelihood as a healthcare practitioner. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Where did Lorie grow up and how did she transition into different educational roles?

  • How did working as a frustrated administrator propel her to going into law?

  • When she started her own business, Lorie thought it would be easy because everyone knew her. She learned she needed to earn their trust.

  • As Lorie has added staff, she’s consistently made more money. Hiring helps propel your business forward.

  • What are some challenges she faced as she started to bring people on board?

  • Lorie describes how she uses the Kolbe quiz to assess potential candidates.

  • What are some of the most common themes that come up when it comes to medical board issues or nursing board issues among practitioners or healthcare professionals?

  • As a nurse, you can always get another job but you can’t get another license.

  • How does a small business owner go about creating policies and procedures manuals and are they important?

  • What cases have surprised Lorie?

  • What are the different action steps the board can take against you?

  • Can the board revoke or suspend your license due to external matters that have nothing to do with medicine?

  • What are the state regulations when it comes to marijuana or CBD?

  • What is Lorie’s advice for anyone who owns a private practice?

3 Key Points:

  1. Medication is the number one issue Lorie sees when it comes to medical board issues.

  2. Find a specialized healthcare attorney who understands what you do.

  3. The board does not want you taking any type of controlled substance.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “That’s my goal, to shorten the learning curve for other people.” – Lorie Brown

  • “Do, delete, or delegate.” – Lorie Brown

  • “When you're working in your unique brilliance, that's where the money's at.” – Lorie Brown

Resources Mentioned:

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