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10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License

10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License

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Although we would like to believe that every nurse is a good person with good intentions, we can’t ignore the fact that every year, state nursing boards revoke dozens of licenses. While some of these men and women lose their ability to serve as nurses because of non-nurse related activities, others suffer the consequences of patient endangerment or worse. The threat of having your license revoked is ever-present, and it is important to know just what activities can take it away.

Of course, there are many more reasons your nursing license may be revoked, and the decision is ultimately up to your state board. Be sure to regularly familiarize yourself with your state’s laws and procedures.

1. Addicted Nurse Not in Good Recovery Program

We’ve all heard the story – the nurse with the back pain who gets prescribed Viodin. After her pain has subsided, she slips herself a little extra pain-killer on the side. And then a little more. And more still. Soon, she is addicted and it’s getting out of control. While abusing narcotics is reason enough to lose your nursing license, many board will suspend your license and require you enter an addiction recovery group. There are even recovery groups just for nurses in this position.

If you complete your therapy and remain clean, you can retain your license. However, if you refuse to enter recovery or continue to abuse drugs/alcohol while in recovery, your state boar can revoke your license. Because nurses are near a infinite number of prescriptions, employers know that some may be tempted to indulge. So think again if you are toying with the idea of slipping a few pills under the table.

2. Impersonating Another Licensed Practitioner

Believe it or not, this happens. And employers sometimes don’t catch it for years. A wannabe nurse may have a felony conviction that will prevent him from getting a license, or she may have had her own license revoked in the past. Whatever the case, identity theft is plausible if these “nurses” can obtain the correct papers. Whatever license you may or may not have will be immediately revoked by your state board, and that will stay on your record.

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    about 3 years ago

    16 comments

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    HelenRichards

    about 3 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

    about 3 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Can you lose your license over a debt collection?

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    neerukp

    over 3 years ago

    7492 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

    over 3 years ago

    7492 comments

    Addicted Nurses may not be able to perform their job correctly

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    deliver2u

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    almost 4 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

    almost 4 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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    affiong

    almost 4 years ago

    238 comments

    Hmm, very informative. Thanks.

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