I have noticed a tendency for nurses here to express anxiety about suddenly losing their jobs, even their licenses, because of a mistake or even because of internal political decisions. Is this kind of fear of suddenly losing everything pervasive among nurses?
if i've said it once, i've said it a dozen times. there is entirely too much moaning about "loosing (sic)/losing my license" on an. i don't know if it's related to the general catastrophizing outlook on life that comes from the daily news and how it's reported ("if it bleeds, it leads"), or a general innumeracy related to actual statistics and risk assessment. probably a bit of both.
you can go online and find out who suffered loss or restriction of rn license in your state. my state nursing association publishes them in the newsletter; it's maybe dozens per year, but certainly not hundreds or thousands. people lose their licenses for things like substance abuse at work, narcotics diversion, fraud, felony theft, patient abuse, and so forth. if you aren't planning on doing any of that, your risk of license restriction or loss is minuscule.
******* off the staffing coordinator, forgetting to chart something and doing an addendum later under established conventions, habitual lateness, getting the stink-eye from your supervisor-- these might cause you to lose a job or a promotion, but they do not rise to the level of losing a license. try to remember that.
Last edit by tnbutterfly on Apr 25, '12