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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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    Breniaha

    almost 6 years ago

    66 comments

    What you do at home and in your life is on you. As long as it is not nursing related or unlawful I dont see how this can stand up.

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    GardenGirl65

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Was she representing herself as a nurse on her website? If she was, well then ... I can see why her behavior could be considered detrimental to the profession of nursing. But if her website had nothing at all to do with nursing ... I feel it is unfair and unconstitutional for her to be punished. If her career as a nurse and her personal desire to host a pornographic website had nothing to do with each other, she should have been left alone.

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    lorrie

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    All of us/you who believe that our private lives are no ones business, you are right, I side with you on that, but, we are also taking offense that someone may be controlling our freedom, freedom of speech and so n, but come on, face it, nursing is a respectable profession, the public want to know that someone in good moral standing are taking care of their family members, not a drug dependant person who may claim to have given a pain ridden patient their medication and in all reality slipped it into their own pocket for later, you know this happens, as for a second job to fall back on, well there are a whole heck of alot "other" repectable jobs to go into, with the sexual assult rate climbing, no family member/employer wants to find out that again, their nurse is a porn star...so come on, think outside of the box here, lower the defense and see it for what it really is, if you want to do drugs, act out porn and etc....go into another business/proffession, the public needs to know they have health providers and givers they can trust

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    dreamweaver1755

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I agree with Corrine. Nursing is a PROFESSION it is no just a job and we don't stop being nurses when we go off the clock. The bad apples that tarnish the professional image (ana porn web site would do that) deserve to be punished. What we do in our private lives is private but that means you don't but it on myspace or youtube. You need to know that employers sometime look at myspacee & youtube to see what an applicant has posted on the web!

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    nursegela

    almost 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I am sure that most agree patient endangerment, neglect and so on and so are probable causes for probation and having a license revoked, but...to dig into the private lives of a nurse is waaay over the line. Maybe there should be a law that if a nurse gets married or has kids or has any other life outside of nursing- they shoudl have their license revoked or be kicked out of school. The Board should really rethink think their "Holier than Thow" attititude before they cause an increase in the current nursing shortage. I know this sounds like slippery slope logic but -Come on, this business about affairs and porn-sites is a bit much. Does any body Know if it is more profitable to run a porn site than nursing? I mean if I lose my license over nonsense , I still need a job-

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    80229duck

    almost 6 years ago

    70 comments

    I am someone whose a little indifferent to porn I think that it could be a good thing and it can be a hard thing to break. When I get my RN I do not plan on hosting a porn site and if I did would have to make sure I only show off the lower half of my body. I would have to think there are worser things then hosting a site.I am sure there's going to be a law suit soon regarding this one

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    BluesBear

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Talk about shooting the wounded! Jeez! Some of you guys are awful! What I do in my private life is nobody's business but mine as long as I am not jeopardizing patient safety or breaking the law. It wasn't so long ago that nurses could lose their license for getting pregnant or being homosexual. When it comes to moral values, who gets to decide what is acceptable behavior for another? C'mon girls, leave the 80's behind and join the 21st centlury!

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    jewejono

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with several of the nursing comments that I have read--Only God can judge us--Our private lives are our own in certain respects --the doctor should have been fired for using hospital equipment for personal pleasure!!!! Nurses are scapegoats for every complaint out there. we are even accountable when a doctor gives us the wrong directive and we obey--who has the bigger license here? I learned (while taking my Bachelor 's) that the population of nurses is the largest work force in the country yet it is also the most splintered. Now that is a very sad fact. If we came together as nurses think of the strength we would have to set our standards and gain the respect that is deserved!!!! Nurses are nurses LPN's and RN's except for the fact that one requires more education than another and more responsibility than another and one cannot function without the supervision of another. I worked very hard to get my license and I will not allowanyone else to destroy it--I am sure I am capable of doing that myself if I felt so inclined!!! One problem I see is that we as nurses can't seem to be proud of where and who we are. Doctors do not seem to have a problem referring patients to specialists because the problem is out of their scope of practice and knowledge yet nurses are constantly bickering about who is better, the LPN or the RN. The bottom line is look at your scope of practice . If you are not happy there then change it--Grow bigger--get more education--find your niche --excell in that niche and be a part of a team instead of a rogue player.

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    Oceana

    almost 6 years ago

    3228 comments

    Give me a break. Just because your a nurse doesn't mean your a saint. You do your job to the highest degree, care for your patient. But your private life is just that. Who are we ..you and I or anyone else to play judge and decide what someone should or shouldn't do. I am pretty sure that no one is squeaky clean here and if we looked there is something we could all condemn in one anothers lives but only God can do that. I am not surprised that society feels this way but I am surprised when I hear other nurses climbing up their horses ready to ride and pass judgement.

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    judyp

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    In today's society, becoming a nurse takes on so much more than just being labeled a nurse. You are held to such high standards, and I think that anyone who decides to enter into this field should seriously consider the importance of that. I have worked too hard all these years to have my reputation or my license tarnished by doing something stupid, and that includes all 10 of these. In essense, it is called "toeing the line" and using common sense. Just remember what it took to get to this point. I don't worry about what I do in my spare time, because I use good judgement and don't want anything to screw up what I have worked so hard for! If these nurses get into trouble, they do it to themselves and don't consider the consequences of their actions. I don't have any sympathy for them! You are always going to have rules, everywhere you go, so follow them and take pride in yourself and your profession.

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    AnnMarieT

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm a CMA, where I work the Clinicians and other staff members refer to the nursing staff as "Nurses" regardless if we are CMA's, LPN's or RN's. When someone calls and asks me if I'm a nurse, I tell them that I am part of the nursing staff, never do I say I'm a "Nurse". What is appropriate in all cases?

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    opal1973

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Ok I agree with 9 out of 10 on this one. Really, we should NOT have our licenses revoked for what we do when not at work. I mean, I know of a Doctor who was caught having sex on the endoscopy table and didn't get fired. Oh he was found there while his wife was in labor in another location. Yet here is a nurse who loses her license for doing something completely legal on her own time. It's true that we should hold ourselves to a higher standard. There's a whole lot of should's in life though. Are we not allowed to be happy at home because it may look bad to the board? What if she had worn a mask? Would it count then? Are we being true to oursleves in either case? There are a lot of people who keep nurses down with their prudential thinking. Perhaps that is why we don't get the respect we deserve, we don't demand it. We allow other people define who we are. Personally, I think she should sue the board for discrimination. It's not as if she was hosting a porn site in a patient's room.

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    may be she was considering it patient teaching...oh alright ...no.

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    okay it was unprofessional conduct and we should all be held accountable to our professional practice if we are on the clock or not. Nursing is not a job it defines who we are... or at least it should.

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    I wonder if she "played doctor"?

    no really...

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