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10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License

10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License

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8. Hosting a Pornographic Website

Believe it or not – it happens. Just this last year, a nurse in Pennsylvania got her licensed revoked because she was hosting her own pornographic website. This most likely falls under “Unprofessional Conduct,” and it’s easy to chuckle at. But with today’s advancements in technology, and the widespread range of the internet, nurses who use their webcams to do a little work on a side may find themselves without a job.

9. Patient Abuse and Neglect

Sadly, this is quite obvious and, even worse, happens more often than we’d like to admit. Patient neglect and abuse can happen because a nurse is intentionally causing pain and/or suffering, or because of a simple mistake because a nurse is over-worked or has too many patients. One of the most serious offenses, patient neglect and abuses affects more than just the nurse, and even more than just the patient. The patient’s friends and family must also suffer alongside him/her, making this grave offense even worse.

Unfortunately, this happens all too often. Many times, a nurse doesn’t neglect a patient on purpose, but her forgetfulness can cause more damage than imagined and result in the loss of her license.

10. Violating Probation

If you have previous offenses filed with the nursing board, they may place you on probation – this can restrict your practice or your personal habits (such as using alcohol and/or drugs). If you violate the terms of your probation, your license may be revoked. Being placed under probation is a warning in the hopes that a nurse will change his behavior so that he can continue working. However, if that behavior continues, or a nurse willfully goes against the rules their state board has set, she can be punished to the furthest extent of the board.

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    couponsx

    over 2 years ago

    46 comments

    Negligence is the number one way to lose your nursing license.
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    over 2 years ago

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    Nurses have always cared for sick people, so it is no surprise that they continue to be the main employees at hospitals and clinics.
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    HelenRichards

    over 2 years ago

    30 comments

    Well, being addicted is one serious thing when it comes to a nurse. It means you can't be focused on your job and you can make a lot of mistakes. That is why there are alcohol addiction programs so people get help. The hardest part is convincing people they need help.

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    lostrin

    over 2 years ago

    24 comments

    nursing is a challenging, rewarding and stressful career. nurses using drugs is a reality of life nowadays. i agree what you do on your own time is business until you come to work impaired, under the influence and the LAW gets involved, then you are within a different leauge. Addiction is really a disease and addicts in denial are the worst . But there are programs to guard nurses when they make mistakes prior to the board gets involved.

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    couponsx

    almost 3 years ago

    46 comments

    This adds to the long list of reasons why your license can be revoked. Its good info to know though. I'll definately pass this on though.
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    mandal

    almost 3 years ago

    32 comments

    Please understand that I only worked LVN for 1 year and still learning my nursing skills and I have limited knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS though I read my nursing text books on that topic.My question is:if I would get a HIV test and it would come positive,could I lose my job as a nurse?

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    cuttie

    almost 3 years ago

    1042 comments

    You want be hired by some employers who use credit checks as a way screening it's employers, like California Prisons.

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    wconner

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Can you lose your license over a debt collection?

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    neerukp

    almost 3 years ago

    7420 comments

    One has to observe whether the Nurses are providing effective care in their duty, if they have any web sites loosing license is ??? .,

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    neerukp

    almost 3 years ago

    7420 comments

    Addicted Nurses may not be able to perform their job correctly

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    deliver2u

    about 3 years ago

    6 comments

    If you ever find yourself in front of a state board review committee, expect to be scared out of your wits. It has happened to me. Unfortunately it happened after a situation in which a lawsuit was settled out of court and "someone was going to pay!" For four month I went nuts. Luckily I had a wonderful friend that got me in touch with an attorney that specialized in this tiype of review. The argument was that I was negligent in not implementing the chain of command and not giving care to the patient. In the the end I was exonerated. Prior to the hearing, I was told by other people (who will remain unnamed) that I would lose my license and wind up in jail. In Texas we have no union. There was no support and the things that were taken away from me during that four months were never returned. I am still in nursing, although I no longer work for that company. The best advice I can give is document, document, document. If you dont document, it didn't happen. I grew up with narrative documentation and it is what proved to be the thing that saved my nursing career in the end.

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    cindybee

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I think people expect nurses to somehow be super-human! We have the same issues, weaknesses and fears that most human beings do. Why should we be any different? I do agree we need to be professional while at work but as long as we are not doing anything illegal in the privacy of our own homes whose business is it? I have also learned in my 15 years as a nurse is that a lot of nurses are very judgemental, not only about their patients but of one another. It is very sad and not very professional. "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

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    TheNerdyNurse

    about 3 years ago

    14 comments

    find it intersting that you can't host a porn site... I can understand not starting in films, but you can't even run one?

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    lafn63

    about 3 years ago

    16 comments

    RN and sex worker? Would it make a difference if it was male or female? Would you mind if the male nurse caring for you was hosting a pornographic website?

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    ALF_RN

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    It is very informative; however, I believe some of them just aren't "right". Losing a license for hosting a pornographic site is wrong. It has nothing to do with a persons's nursing career. I wouldn't care if a nurse caring for me was a porn star, prostitue, or whatever...as long as she was a good nurse. Hell, if a nurse can loose her license for being unprofessional, half of the people I work with would lose theirs.

    The boards need to get a life and find "real" reasons to take away licenses. Abuse and neglect are good reasons for nurses to lose their license.

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