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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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    TheNerdyNurse

    almost 4 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

    about 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

    about 4 years ago

    238 comments

    Hmm, very informative. Thanks.

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    jakern71

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Amen Krista1203!

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    mumz57

    over 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

    over 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

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    informative

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    jginnetti

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 5 years ago

    Very interesting peetce!

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    peetce

    over 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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