i am an rn whose license was recently suspended.It will be inactive for 18 mos. I have been a nurse for 18 years and i am very afraid. I have an elderly mom & a 6 yr old daughter to worry about. The reason for the suspension is unrealated to nursing/ patient care; it was more-or less a domestic matter.I had to be terminated from my RN position but the managet doesn't want me to leave the hospital system. Do I stay and contend with many questions( and keep my benefits but much smaller pay) or do I apply for unemployment(6 mos.max) and look for a clrical position? I just need some opinions. ALSO...does anyone out there know of any nurses that have had their licenses suspended? I'd just like to know the likelyhood of getting a reconsideration after maybe 6 mos.
Thanks for your help. Please don't outcast me...what happened to me could happen to ANY professional!
Jul 19, '99
my mother had her LPN license suspended. she was fortunate to have wonderful supervisors, who kept her. she did work for about nine months as an aide, then was able to come back with a restricted license. she practiced for about a year, then got her license back. she continued to have to report to the board after that until she retired last winter. she said it was VERY tough to stay, but she had such supportive coworkers who did not ask too many questions.
Jul 25, '99
I think the key to your statement is that "management doesn't want me to leave.." Unless they are restraining you against your will, this is a powerful statement that they value you and want to keep you. I recently heard a religious ethicist speak and he said there are two kinds of situations. In the first, you ask what shall I do? In the second, you ask how shall I respond/behave toward with dignity to this thing that has occurred that I cannot do much about? Sounds like the license suspension is a fact, so the event will be measured by your response to a difficult situation.
Unless you have spectacular clerical skills, staying in your present situation with a supportive employer may be best for your resume and benefit situation and may most speedily return you to optimal pay. If you have some supportive friends in this present work place that may hold some benefits over going to a new work place where you have no support system. Consider legal counsel so that your interests are best represented with the board. Don't feel you need to answer questions asked by other "nosey" employees who do not have a "need to know." Just say something like, "This is a difficult time for me and I'd appreciate it if you would respect my privacy." Say it over and over if you need to. Ultimately stay or go is your call.
Our state board publishes a news letter that lists nurses who are being brought before the board, so I am astonished by the numbers of nurses that are being affected. I do not imagine that you are alone but don't really know how you tap this group of people. If your infraction is drug or alcohol related, you should be able to find support groups that include other professionals.
As guided by legal counsel, try to be as responsive and diligent as possible about attending to the terms of your re-instatement and this will say alot about you.