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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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    cuttie

    about 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

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Can you lose your license over a debt collection?

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    neerukp

    about 3 years ago

    7468 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

    about 3 years ago

    7468 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

    over 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

    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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    jakern71

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Amen Krista1203!

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    mumz57

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    You have to be very careful in nursing. A nurse can give a patient the wrong medication and the patient dies from it and all they get is a suspension and sometimes not even that. Then another nurse can clock in and out and not work the hours and have her license revoked and not be able to get it back. Where is the justice in that.

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    Krista1203

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    As a nurse of 26 years, since when do the Boards of Nursing make judgements on a persons personal life? Of course I have had injuries over the years due to CARING for patients! Yes, I do have to take pain meds, that are prescribed, at the end of the day at times. Why is this illegal? Do I not have the right to relieve myself of pain so that I can care for others? I would test positive for opiods, but never take them during a shift. And, so we suffer for the Board of Nursing! Get real people! We work hard, pull our backs, deal with herniated discs and degeneration and have the right to pain relief. I'm now tired of nursing, not because of patients, but the red tape big brother looking over our shoulders!

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    rrShyamala

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    informative

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    jginnetti

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Boards of njursing are fallible. And they can be very, very arbitrary. Especially here in Connecticut.

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