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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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    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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    jewejono

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

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

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    Account Removed

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

    I wonder if she "played doctor"?

    no really...

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    Corrine

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I think these areas are very important and should be taken seriously. Many persons including nurses believ that they are ONLY nurses at work; after there shift ends they are no longer nurses, its like they have totally different lifes, they talk whatever and do whatever. As nurses, we need to take responsibility for our actions; if we have a problem seek help; before we can take care of others, we need to take care of ourselves.

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    tjbart

    about 6 years ago

    16 comments

    I feel that nurses and the nursing profession are not respected enough by the healthcare industry, patients, and even other nurses themselves. Nurses who steal drugs, abuse patients, break the law, etc. are giving nurses a bad name and adding to the disrespect of the profession. I entered into nursing with high hopes and pride in being a nurse. I soon found out what nursing is really all about. We are used and abused by the healthcare industry. They expect one nurse to do the work of three and to do everything perfectly including keeping the patient safe at all times! One person can only do so much and that is when mistakes happen. This is why I'm going back to working as an office nurse. Nurses who practice neglectfully in any way knowingly should have their license revoked or they should not have entered into the nursing profession to begin with!!!

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