I have a question for all you experienced/informed nurses, how easy is it to lose your license? I just hear all the time " its my license" or " you better get out of there or you will lose your license." I am so afraid to lose my license but I honestly am not clear on what it is I am avoiding? Do the best job you can, I get that, but never make a mistake? To err is human. Would someone really lose their license if they made a medication error? I guess I am so afraid of the unknown. If anyone could share their knowledge I would appreciate it.
Nov 30, '10
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Quote from lrobinson5
If you look at the very last case of suspension on the California Board of Registered nursing (the link was provided above) it involves gross negligence and a 1 year old died. It seems like it is much more than a mistake, more than one thing was done wrong, so I'm not sure if a medication error can cause your license to be suspended.
I know some hospitals have barcodes and things like that on medicines, so maybe if you still managed to give the wrong medicine they would be a little more upset.
That depends on the mistake and outcome. In some cases it is unbelievably difficult to lose one's license. But on the other hand it is incredably easy. I have seen gross negligence get by with a wrist slap and a simple mistake persued by a vengeful administration (no untoward outcome) kiss her license goodbye forever. SO....
KNOW YOUR STATES NURSE PRACTICE ACT! and stay within it's guidelines and rules. All states differ! ie:
Always try your best.
Try to do what any other "reasonable and prudent nurse would do",
Check, check and re-check, then check again.
Remember no matter what the MD's order says......If you give it, insert it,apply it.....even if the order is wrong
IT IS YOUR FAULT!
And most important........Carry malpractice. It's cheap and it can save your butt and your license!
But don't make yourself crazy either......take a deep breath and if it doesn't feel right it probalbly isn't......just ask a lot of questions.
Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 30, '10