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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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    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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    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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    mooncrystal

    about 5 years ago

    14 comments

    I agree with sugyka. If she didn't break any laws, why did her license get revoked. Isn't our sex lives (provided everything is consensual and no laws are being broken) our business, not theirs? Unless it’s child porn, porn websites are legal.

    So the question is, if we don’t fit their cookie cutter image (maybe they don’t like our body piercings or tattoos), we can get our license revoked?

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    djewel6

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Sadly this is all too common an occurance. Im wary of it myself as a new nurse (roughly a year now) who already has back issues due to an injury suffered as a CNA but I know I worked too hard too long to get my license to risk doing anything stupid like meds which I shouldnt be on in fact Im even wary of meds I am legally prescribed lest I be seen as working under the influence..

    David Jewel LPN

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    kjagnew1

    about 5 years ago

    134 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

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    Emmatol

    about 5 years ago

    186 comments

    Ethico-legal issues, they are actually things we must abide by to get to the top in this noble profession.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Very interesting peetce!

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    peetce

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I found this online....very interesting:
    Nurses’ Duties in 1887

    The item below is from a newspaper clipping Lois Turley, RN, found in her mother’s old Bible. The clipping outlines the job description given to floor nurses by hospitals in 1887.

    In addition to caring for your 50 patients, each nurse will follow these regulations:

    1. Daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward, dust the patient’s furniture and window sills.

    2. Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing in a scuttle of coal for the day’s business.

    3. Light is important to observe the patient’s condition. Therefore, each day fill kerosene lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash the windows once a week.

    4. The nurse’s notes are important in aiding the physician’s work. Make your pens carefully; you may whittle nibs to your individual taste.

    5. Each nurse on day duty will report every day at 7 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m. except on the Sabbath on which day you will be off from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

    6. Graduate nurses in good standing with the director of nurses will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if you go regularly to church.

    7. Each nurse should lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum of her earnings for her benefits during her declining years so that she will not become a burden. For example, if you earn $30 a month you should set aside $15.

    8. Any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop, or frequents dance halls will give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her worth, intentions and integrity.

    9. The nurse who performs her labors and serves her patients and doctors without fault for five years will be given an increase of five cents a day, providing there are no hospital debts outstanding.

    Source: Lois Turley, RN, works at an allergy clinic in Arkansas. She is a freelance writer. See Turley’s Web site at http://www.care-nurse.com.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    "Perhaps the ability to sexualize vulnerable people is not the best thing for a nurse. If i were in hospital and i discovered a nurse who was caring for me was hosting a porn site, i would feel very vulnerable and uneasy. Being a Nurse is more than just doing a job. In the same way, I do not want police officers or Teachers hosting porn sites due to the implication regarding their personal preferences and mental make-up. Of course such professions demand scrutiny and seemingly judgmental standards other professions do not require. Even with all this additional scrutiny, too many nurse licenses are revoked due to inappropriate actions and behavior. It's simply a matter of seeing your behavior through the eyes of those you are supposed to be caring for. It's a matter of respect and confidence in your work and demeanor. If you don't or can't see it that way, you are in the wrong profession."

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    sugyka

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Yet, we nurses not suppose to be judgmental. I worked in a hospital where the majority of the patients were prisoners. They got the same treatment as the rest of the population but we can lose our license for having a porn website. This is ridiculous. I became a nurse not a nun and what I do in my private life is my business.

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