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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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    Gomerer

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Another sure way is to start talking about a union in your hospital. You may not lose your license but your going to lose your job.

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    NurseSandy

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Lizabeth390..Thanks for your comment...I was beging to believe the our breed of nurses had died off and I missed it. Its nice to know there are others..and I know there are, that still feel compassion for someone else. But it was nice to see it here on this site....

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    NurseSandy

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    And about the whole porn site thing...Nurses also have an images to uphold. And showing your personals off on a website....Is not the image I mean. Dont any of you remember why you wanted to be a nurse to begin with? Didnt any of you overly self concerned nurses ever want to take care of (other) people...help them get better...Watch them progress or was it always about the money?

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    lizabeth390

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i agree with the article completely ... I have worked with nurses that have a alcohol problem many times. I have even had a cena come to work smelling of alcohol and was terminated the same day .. i have never taken my pain medicine and went to work .. i always waited until after work to take it and made sure that it was out of my system before i went to work My patients safety has always been of the highest prioity ..... anyone that would take something from a patient needs to have counseling to begin with

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    NurseSandy

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I must say I am a bit shocked at these comments I am reading.
    There seems to be a lot of concerned people....concerned about them selves.
    Do you not see the reasoning behind these articles?
    We...all nurses are to keep are pt. free from harm...Safety is always first on our watches.
    So I highly agree..that a drug addicted nurse should not be on the floor...
    If she cant take care of herself, than she is unable to put the pt. first.

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    thatsjustme

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    how come you can be a stripper but you can't have a pornographic website?

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    nrs654

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    how do you find the comments made regarding your question asked??

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    nrs654

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Can a nurse loose a license for illigal gambling on line?

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    1concernedRN2b

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    if a nurse condones the behavior of a rapist and allows him back into the house with her minor children ranging from the age of 17 to 13, is that considered negligence? or putting the welfare of minors in danger? would she be held responsible for anything that should happen to those kids? and would that be grounds to have her lisence as a professional taken away?

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    Kdealsharp

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am an LPN and have been for 30 years. Last June I received a certification that was very difficult. A resident (of sound mind) gave me a card with money in it. 5 Months later I was fired from my job for excepting a gift from a resident. I have been turned into the State Board of Nursing and am now waiting to see what happens. I am devastated and very sick about all of this. I loved my job and was good at it. Now I am on the job hunt. Beware: NEVER except a gift from any patients or their family.

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    etsr

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    What does one do if while under a Consent Agreement financial difficulties make it imposible to remain in compliance?

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    recovery

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I have an LPN (young) under my supervison at a methadone clinic. She is spectacular when she has not been drinking the evening before. Approximately 5 different times she was a no show for work, calling in sick, can't find my car keys, my roommate locked me out, food poisoing, all the excuses, also several times shows up to work with etoh odor on her breath and two times it was noted by staff she was still under the influence. She is responsible for dosing methadone, making fatal medications errors. One would thing a profession such as nursing takes pride in the profession and her work...so although placed on probation she continues to test the limits of our recovery agency....I have read many comments on the site and please ....do nurses need a wake up call when thier private life runs over into work and they are responsible for a fatal medication error. Interested in your nurses code you take.

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    anfguyrn

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am wondering why it is okay for people do some items apart from Nursing like be a part time drag racer which can ultimately lead to death and still keep their License, but it you open a porn web site that is legitimate you can loose it? What's next if you smoke you can't be a nurse?

    Just wondering who gets to decide these things?

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    nursegela

    almost 6 years ago

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    I forgot to add- in case anyone didn't catch I was being facetious about a job on a porn site. I guess I will have to wait until I am retired to have controll over my private own life. My true feelings are " If I am not breaking a law an dit doesn't interfere with my nursing duties- stay out of my private life!" If any of you nurses go out dancing or drink and or smokeand are single , and are seen talking or dancing with one or more partners- you better stop all of it because if a patient who is out doing the same thing sees you (s)he might think you are some may label you as a tee-totalling drunken , lap dancing floozy!!! You may lose your job and license- Didn't you know that enlisting in the nursing profession requires you to only obtain pleasure and joy from Nursing- Becareful Big brother board is watching- So dont even think it- I know this is more "1984" -Slippery Slope logic. Do you wish to completely trade your being an individual, a person , a human in exchange for nursing profession ? I think many of us are nurses- not nuns and priest- Please dont send me to the inquisition board!!!!- Lighten up-Please!!!

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    elemine

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i am a new nurse working at a nursing home 11-7pm. my greatest challenge is charting, because in school i was taught to chart completely everything that you do. at work i am learning not to chart too much. be careful what you chart. which i found very difficult to do, because i am not experience enough to know what to put or what to leave out. please help anyone.

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