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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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    nrs654

    over 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

    almost 6 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    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

    about 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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    Breniaha

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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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