Question about losing a liscence

  1. Someone I know just received a letter from the state saying that a complaint was made about her being drunk on the job. I'm sure this is true as she has a big drinking problem. It stated something about having her go through a program. Just wondering if anyone knows what the process is. Do they choose the program? Would she have to check in regularly with the board? What are the chances of her getting her liscence back? It is such a scary thought of her working with patients in terms of safety I was just wondering what the possibility of her getting her LPN liscence back would be. Thanks!
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    that whole process would be up to the State or Provincial Board of Nursing where this nurse lost licensure. It is tough to answer all these questions really. Best asked of the BON itself. Good luck to your friend, whatever the outcomes may be.
  4. by   Achoo!
    Hmm thanks for your input.
  5. by   RNBSN1
    Quote from Achoo!
    Someone I know just received a letter from the state saying that a complaint was made about her being drunk on the job. I'm sure this is true as she has a big drinking problem. It stated something about having her go through a program. Just wondering if anyone knows what the process is. Do they choose the program? Would she have to check in regularly with the board? What are the chances of her getting her liscence back? It is such a scary thought of her working with patients in terms of safety I was just wondering what the possibility of her getting her LPN liscence back would be. Thanks!
    I don't know about LVNs, but RNs have the choice of either entering the diversion program or subjecting themselves to board discipline.
  6. by   Achoo!
    Quote from RNBSN1
    I don't know about LVNs, but RNs have the choice of either entering the diversion program or subjecting themselves to board discipline.

    what would board discipline be, losing their liscence??
  7. by   RNBSN1
    Quote from Achoo!
    what would board discipline be, losing their liscence??
    Investigation, administrative hearing, and punishment- losing her license is one form of punishment. She can also be placed on probation for a period of time with conditions. Either way, it becomes permanent, public record, unless she enters the diversion program- which is another form of punishment, but her information would not become public record if she successfully completes this program. This information applies to RNs, I don't know if its applicable to LVNS.
  8. by   Achoo!
    Quote from RNBSN1
    Investigation, administrative hearing, and punishment- losing her license is one form of punishment. She can also be placed on probation for a period of time with conditions. Either way, it becomes permanent, public record, unless she enters the diversion program- which is another form of punishment, but her information would not become public record if she successfully completes this program. This information applies to RNs, I don't know if its applicable to LVNS.

    ohh ok, thanks much for the information!
  9. by   Destinystar
    just a reminder when peeps are asking questions please mention what state you are taking about. in california we have a diversion program. if she harmed a patient or performed care below a standard, was negligent, etc. she could be held liable for that which is a seperate issue from her intoxication. i am surprised that this nurse is sharing this info. with everyone. in california these nurses have to go into administrative positions like doing mds and cannot be providing direct pt. care until they successfully complete their diversion program. many nurses here have been successfully rehabilitated.
    Quote from achoo!
    someone i know just received a letter from the state saying that a complaint was made about her being drunk on the job. i'm sure this is true as she has a big drinking problem. it stated something about having her go through a program. just wondering if anyone knows what the process is. do they choose the program? would she have to check in regularly with the board? what are the chances of her getting her liscence back? it is such a scary thought of her working with patients in terms of safety i was just wondering what the possibility of her getting her lpn liscence back would be. thanks!
  10. by   purplemania
    The Board of Nursing has a process that follows state guidelines. Ours is posted on the BON website. The program is managed by the BON, and the employer, as well as the employee, must agree to the plan of action. As long as the nurse complies with the program he/she is allowed to practice (with restrictions based on the situation). If the nurse is non-compliant they risk losing their license. At least it is an option to help the nurse seek help and salvage the person, as well as the career.
  11. by   sleepless in norman
    In Oklahoma the BON would have the PEER assistance department handle her case, in doing that she would enter the PEER program after rehab, if there are no legal complicaitons she would not lose her license as long as she completes the program and she could continue to practice, she needs to discuss this with her employer's HR department that handles chemically impaired nurses, first she needs to obtain an attorney, don't expect the BON to have mercy, after all they are there to take your license, not assist you in keeping it, good luck.
    Quote from Achoo!
    Someone I know just received a letter from the state saying that a complaint was made about her being drunk on the job. I'm sure this is true as she has a big drinking problem. It stated something about having her go through a program. Just wondering if anyone knows what the process is. Do they choose the program? Would she have to check in regularly with the board? What are the chances of her getting her liscence back? It is such a scary thought of her working with patients in terms of safety I was just wondering what the possibility of her getting her LPN liscence back would be. Thanks!

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