Is new nurses at risk of lost of license during first year of work?

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    Hello, Im in need of advice from nurses working or familiar with the experiences of nurses (out in the field first year post graduation).I have had a bad experiences my first year as a new graduate nurse it has been a nightmare on elm street! I have many stories but, will only mention my most recent experience working for a pediatric home care agency! I was reported to the insurance agency from a client I was sent to from my agency. The mom stated that I did not give proper care to her son! In which this was a lie and a big misunderstanding. Well anyway for anyone that's familiar with how this works! Would this cause a lost of my license or suspension. The baby is fine. And the mom stated I skipped a medication(which again was a misunderstanding, I did nothing wrong!!!!) But my advice to new grads do not work for home care agencies its very risky because we new grads do not have that foundation to succeed independently!!!! Pls respond and if more details is needed let me no....I worked to hard to because a RN!
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    excuse the spelling errors thank you
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    You are at risk for having stipulations against your license at ANY point in your career, not just during your new grad period.

    Do you have malpractice insurance? If not, I highly suggest getting it. That was one of the first things I did as soon as I knew I had a job. There are different companies, but the two most popular on here are NSO and Marsh (Proliability). Both offer first-year discounts to new grads.

    I paid about $100 for the entire year. The amount you pay depends on what specialty you work in. Nurses working in high-risk specialties such as L&D will be expected to pay more. I would rather pay that $100 for the year instead of thousands in case my name pops up in a lawsuit.

    There are a lot of threads regarding malpractice insurance on this forum. I suggest you don't practice without it, though. You may be covered under your employer, but they are always out for their best interest and will throw you under the bus at any time to make the facility look good. And what if you are working elsewhere but are (hypothetically speaking) named in a suit? That former employer isn't going to cover you. I had a nursing instructor named in a suit in something that happened 20 years ago. Believe it or not, it can happen.
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    This is exactly the reason why many BONs stress that new grads should never be hired into (or expected to fulfill) jobs that don't have the benefit of backup by an experienced RN. Tx BON has gone on record with a formal recommendation that NGs not be used in charge nurse positions either.

    I am so sorry that you have found yourself in such a difficult situation - hope it gets better soon.


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