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10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License

10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License

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3. Diversion of Drugs

Slipping yourself, or someone you know, drugs on the side is a serious offense, punishable by revocation of your license and jail time. If your aging father has taken all of his pain meds, leave it to his doctors to prescribe more or up his dosage. It’s not worth risking your career to boost someone else’s addiction, no matter who it is.

Getting your license revoked is the least of your worries in this case. Diverting drugs with intention to sell, or actually selling prescription drugs, can get you thrown in jail for many years. Even if you are strapped for cash, don’t do it!

4. Providing a False Copy of License

Although rare, this does occur. Nurses who have a suspended license may provide an employer with a fake license, thinking that once their suspension is up it won’t matter. It does matter, though – especially if your employer finds out. The license you may have will be revoked, or, if you don’t have a license, you will not be allowed to ever apply for a license.

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5. Mail Fraud

Mail fraud encompasses many felonies. Broadly speaking, mail fraud involves using the postal service to unlawfully obtain money or valuables, impersonate someone other than yourself, or stealing someone else’s mail. There are many kind of mail fraud including work-from-home scams, solicitation disguised as an invoice, and online auction fraud. Mail fraud may not be directly related to nursing, but it can directly affect your career if you are convicted. Mail fraud is yet another way you can lose your license.

6. Falsifying Patient Records

Maybe you had been working 12 hours and were too tired to complete that patient record. Maybe you gave your patient a little extra morphine to help him get through the night, but you didn’t record it. Whatever the case, falsifying patient records is grounds for license revocation. In the best-case scenario, your falsified record gets you in trouble, but doesn’t affect anyone else. Worst-case scenario? Something happens to your patient.

7. Unprofessional Conduct

This broad term allows state boards to be subjective in judging why a nurse might get his license revoked. “Unprofessional conduct” can range from using inappropriate language around colleagues and patients to having an affair with a superior. Although it seems obvious, many nurses fail to understand why their conduct may be called into question. The level of professionalism in the nursing field is of the utmost importance, and employers won’t take kindly to those few nurses who exhibit inappropriate behavior of any sort. First-time offenders may only be reprimanded or suspended temporarily, but keep it up and you may be out of a job before you know it.

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    Geoffery

    about 3 years ago

    52 comments

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    about 3 years ago

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    over 3 years ago

    12 comments

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    couponsx

    over 3 years ago

    46 comments

    Negligence is the number one way to lose your nursing license.
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    over 3 years ago

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    HelenRichards

    over 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

    over 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

    1044 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

    7500 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

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    Addicted Nurses may not be able to perform their job correctly

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    deliver2u

    almost 4 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

    almost 4 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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